Brigid's Cross Celtic Symbol

Brigid's cross celtic druid symbol
St Brigid, born in  Dundalk in 450 AD, was a  patroness of Ireland and  the founder of the first Irish monastery in County Kildare, Ireland.
The recognisable St. Brigid’s Cross design, made from woven rushes, is thought to keep evil, fire and hunger from the homes in which it is displayed.

There are many stories that tell how these beliefs came about, but the most popular one seems to be about an elderly pagan Chieftain who lay on his death bed. He requested Brigid's company, it is thought by some that Brigid was the Chieftains father. Brigid began to comfort and console the Chieftain, while simultaneously crafting a cross out of rushes piked from the floor. The end result of this cross was the pattern we know of today as Brigid's Cross. When she explained the meaning of the cross to the Chieftain, it is said that 
her calming words brought peace to his soul. So much so that the old Chieftain  requested he be baptised as a Christian just before he died.
saint brigid cross, st brigid's cross from rush and straw
From that day on it has been tradition in Ireland to craft a St. Brigid's Cross of straw or rushes on the eve of her Feast Day (1st February) and place it inside the house over the door.