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    Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Ecian of Ireland * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
    Message 1 of 14 , Feb 9, 2003
      Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

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      * St. Ecian of Ireland
      * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
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      St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
      ---------------------------------------------------------


      St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
      ---------------------------------------------------------
      6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
      born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
      Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
      church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
      be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
      came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
      and build a monastery.

      So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
      she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
      Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
      white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
      further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
      There she founded her monastery.

      Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
      with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
      on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
      over it as abbess.

      St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
      credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
      also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
      which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
      useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
      brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
      cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
      dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
      Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
      sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
      on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
      building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
      as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

      There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
      commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
      which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
      Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
      statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
      wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
      festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
      has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

      A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
      many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
      nature.

      Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
      and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
      Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
      pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
      relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
      beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.

      The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
      Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


      Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
      As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
      guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
      thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
      worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

      Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
      Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
      pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
      bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
      our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


      Sources:
      ========

      Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
      (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

      D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
      Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

      Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
      Oxford: Oxford University Press.

      Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
      The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

      Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
      Guildford: Billing & Sons.

      Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

      O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

      Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

      For All the Saints:
      http://users.erols.com/saintpat/ss/ss-index.htm

      Celtic Orthodox Christianity Home Page
      http://www.orthodoxireland.com/celtic.htm

      These Lives are archived at:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
      *****************************************
    • emrys@globe.net.nz
      Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Ecian of Ireland * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
      Message 2 of 14 , Feb 9, 2004
        Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

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        * St. Ecian of Ireland
        * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
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        St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
        ---------------------------------------------------------


        St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
        ---------------------------------------------------------
        6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
        born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
        Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
        church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
        be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
        came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
        and build a monastery.

        So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
        she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
        Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
        white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
        further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
        There she founded her monastery.

        Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
        with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
        on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
        over it as abbess.

        St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
        credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
        also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
        which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
        useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
        brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
        cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
        dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
        Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
        sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
        on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
        building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
        as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

        There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
        commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
        which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
        Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
        statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
        wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
        festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
        has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

        A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
        many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
        nature.

        Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
        and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
        Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
        pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
        relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
        beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.

        The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
        Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


        Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
        As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
        guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
        thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
        worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

        Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
        Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
        pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
        bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
        our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


        Sources:
        ========

        Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
        (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

        D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
        Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

        Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
        Oxford: Oxford University Press.

        Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
        The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

        Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
        Guildford: Billing & Sons.

        Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

        O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

        Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

        For All the Saints:
        http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

        Orthodox Ireland Saints
        http://www.orthodoxireland.com/saints/

        An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
        http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

        These Lives are archived at:
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
        *****************************************
      • emrys@globe.net.nz
        Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Ecian of Ireland * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
        Message 3 of 14 , Feb 10, 2005
          Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

          =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
          * St. Ecian of Ireland
          * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
          =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


          St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
          ---------------------------------------------------------


          St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
          ---------------------------------------------------------
          6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
          born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
          Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
          church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
          be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
          came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
          and build a monastery.

          So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
          she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
          Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
          white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
          further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
          There she founded her monastery.

          Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
          with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
          on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
          over it as abbess.

          St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
          credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
          also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
          which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
          useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
          brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
          cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
          dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
          Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
          sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
          on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
          building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
          as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

          There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
          commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
          which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
          Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
          statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
          wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
          festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
          has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

          A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
          many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
          nature.

          Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
          and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
          Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
          pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
          relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
          beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.

          The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
          Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


          Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
          As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
          guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
          thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
          worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

          Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
          Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
          pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
          bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
          our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


          Sources:
          ========

          Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
          (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

          D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
          Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

          Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
          Oxford: Oxford University Press.

          Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
          The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

          Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
          Guildford: Billing & Sons.

          Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

          O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

          Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

          For All the Saints:
          http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

          An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
          http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

          These Lives are archived at:
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
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        • emrys@globe.net.nz
          Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Ecian of Ireland * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
          Message 4 of 14 , Feb 9, 2006
            Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
            * St. Ecian of Ireland
            * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


            St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
            ---------------------------------------------------------


            St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
            ---------------------------------------------------------
            6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
            born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
            Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
            church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
            be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
            came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
            and build a monastery.

            So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
            she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
            Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
            white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
            further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
            There she founded her monastery.

            Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
            with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
            on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
            over it as abbess.

            St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
            credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
            also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
            which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
            useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
            brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
            cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
            dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
            Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
            sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
            on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
            building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
            as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

            There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
            commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
            which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
            Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
            statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
            wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
            festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
            has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

            A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
            many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
            nature.

            Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
            and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
            Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
            pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
            relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
            beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.

            The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
            Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


            Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
            As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
            guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
            thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
            worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

            Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
            Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
            pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
            bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
            our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


            Sources:
            ========

            Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
            (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

            D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
            Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

            Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
            Oxford: Oxford University Press.

            Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
            The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

            Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
            Guildford: Billing & Sons.

            Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

            O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

            Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

            For All the Saints:
            http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

            An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
            http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

            These Lives are archived at:
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints

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          • emrys@globe.net.nz
            Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Ecian of Ireland * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
            Message 5 of 14 , Feb 10, 2007
              Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

              =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
              * St. Ecian of Ireland
              * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
              =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


              St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
              ---------------------------------------------------------


              St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
              ---------------------------------------------------------
              6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
              born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
              Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
              church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
              be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
              came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
              and build a monastery.

              So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
              she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
              Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
              white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
              further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
              There she founded her monastery.

              Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
              with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
              on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
              over it as abbess.

              St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
              credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
              also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
              which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
              useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
              brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
              cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
              dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
              Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
              sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
              on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
              building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
              as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

              There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
              commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
              which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
              Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
              statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
              wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
              festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
              has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

              A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
              many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
              nature.

              Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
              and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
              Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
              pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
              relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
              beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.

              The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
              Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


              Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
              As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
              guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
              thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
              worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

              Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
              Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
              pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
              bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
              our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


              Sources:
              ========

              Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
              (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

              D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
              Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

              Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
              Oxford: Oxford University Press.

              Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
              The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

              Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
              Guildford: Billing & Sons.

              Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

              O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

              Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

              For All the Saints:
              http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

              An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
              http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

              These Lives are archived at:
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints

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            • emrys@globe.net.nz
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                * St. Ecian of Ireland
                * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
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                St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
                ---------------------------------------------------------


                St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
                ---------------------------------------------------------
                6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
                born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
                Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
                church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
                be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
                came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
                and build a monastery.

                So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
                she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
                Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
                white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
                further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
                There she founded her monastery.

                Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
                with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
                on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
                over it as abbess.

                St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
                credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
                also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
                which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
                useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
                brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
                cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
                dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
                Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
                sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
                on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
                building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
                as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

                There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
                commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
                which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
                Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
                statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
                wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
                festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
                has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

                A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
                many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
                nature.

                Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
                and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
                Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
                pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
                relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
                beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.

                The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
                Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


                Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
                As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
                guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
                thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
                worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

                Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
                Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
                pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
                bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
                our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


                Sources:
                ========

                Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
                (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

                D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
                Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

                Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
                Oxford: Oxford University Press.

                Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
                The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

                Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
                Guildford: Billing & Sons.

                Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

                O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

                Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

                For All the Saints:
                http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                These Lives are archived at:
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints

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                  Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

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                  * St. Ecian of Ireland
                  * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
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                  St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
                  ---------------------------------------------------------


                  St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
                  ---------------------------------------------------------
                  6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
                  born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
                  Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
                  church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
                  be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
                  came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
                  and build a monastery.

                  So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
                  she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
                  Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
                  white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
                  further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
                  There she founded her monastery.

                  Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
                  with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
                  on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
                  over it as abbess.

                  St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
                  credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
                  also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
                  which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
                  useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
                  brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
                  cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
                  dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
                  Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
                  sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
                  on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
                  building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
                  as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

                  There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
                  commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
                  which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
                  Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
                  statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
                  wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
                  festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
                  has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

                  A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
                  many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
                  nature.

                  Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
                  and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
                  Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
                  pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
                  relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
                  beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.

                  The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
                  Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


                  Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
                  As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
                  guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
                  thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
                  worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

                  Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
                  Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
                  pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
                  bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
                  our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


                  Sources:
                  ========

                  Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
                  (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

                  D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
                  Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

                  Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
                  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

                  Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
                  The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

                  Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
                  Guildford: Billing & Sons.

                  Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

                  O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

                  Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

                  For All the Saints:
                  http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                  An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                  http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                  These Lives are archived at:
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints

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                    Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

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                    * St. Ecian of Ireland
                    * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
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                    St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
                    ---------------------------------------------------------

                    St Ecian or Etchen was a 6th-century Bishop and founder of the monastery at
                    Clonfad, Co Westmeath. A school named in his honour gives this brief summary
                    of his life:

                    St Etchen the patron Saint of this school was born in 490AD. He founded a
                    Monastery in Confad and is most famous for his ordination of St. Columcille
                    to the Priesthood. St Etchen is honoured as a patron
                    saint of ploughmen and farmers. Indeed the statue of St. Etchen in Clonard
                    Church depicts him as a ploughman. He died on the 11th of February in 577ad.
                    St. Etchen is buried in Clonfad Cemetry.

                    http://www.scoiletchen.com/aboutus.html

                    St Etchen also features in the Life of St Colman, son of Luachan, (Colman of
                    Mullingar), where he is said to have ordained the 3 Colmans - Colman, son of
                    Luachan, Colman of Elo and Colman Comraire. Bishop Etchen is depicted as
                    having been the tutor to Colman, son of Luachan, who 'read the psalms and
                    the hymns and the whole order of the Church with him'. Angels would often
                    come as far as the cell in which he was to converse with Colman, but the
                    envy of the other students was aroused and Bishop Etchen sent Colman away to
                    study with Mochuta of Rahen.



                    St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
                    ---------------------------------------------------------
                    6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
                    born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
                    Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
                    church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
                    be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
                    came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
                    and build a monastery.

                    So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
                    she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
                    Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
                    white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
                    further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
                    There she founded her monastery.

                    Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
                    with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
                    on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
                    over it as abbess.

                    St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
                    credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
                    also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
                    which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
                    useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
                    brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
                    cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
                    dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
                    Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
                    sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
                    on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
                    building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
                    as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

                    There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
                    commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
                    which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
                    Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
                    statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
                    wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
                    festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
                    has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

                    A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
                    many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
                    nature.

                    Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
                    and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
                    Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
                    pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
                    relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
                    beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.


                    There are some photographs of the statue and someone taking Gobnait's
                    measure at this site:

                    http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnait%E2%80%99sfeastdaya,10208.php

                    A second story from the same site gives a little more detail about the
                    statue:

                    St Gobnait's Statue is of oak, and shows traces of five coatings of paint
                    over a gesso base on the wood. It is twenty seven inches high. The back is
                    hollowed out from shoulders to base. It is worn from being touched and its
                    only surviving feature is one large eye. That it never fell into the hands
                    of those who would destroy it shows how closely it was guarded.

                    Only four similar statues have survived. They are - St Maolruain, Bishop of
                    Tallaght, St Molua of Killaloe, St Mo-Cheallog and St Molaise, the Abbot of
                    Inishmurray whose image is in the National
                    Museum. All date from the 13th century, as is apparent from the large head
                    and narrow shoulders.

                    http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnaitherstoryasc,10208.php



                    The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
                    Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


                    Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
                    As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
                    guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
                    thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
                    worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

                    Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
                    Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
                    pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
                    bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
                    our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


                    Sources:
                    ========

                    Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
                    (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

                    D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
                    Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

                    Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
                    Oxford: Oxford University Press.

                    Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
                    The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

                    Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
                    Guildford: Billing & Sons.

                    Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

                    O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

                    Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

                    For All the Saints:
                    http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                    An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                    http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                    These Lives are archived at:
                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints

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                    Message 9 of 14 , Feb 10, 2011
                      Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

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                      * St. Ecian of Ireland
                      * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
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                      St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
                      ---------------------------------------------------------

                      St Ecian or Etchen was a 6th-century Bishop and founder of the monastery at
                      Clonfad, Co Westmeath. A school named in his honour gives this brief summary
                      of his life:

                      St Etchen the patron Saint of this school was born in 490AD. He founded a
                      Monastery in Confad and is most famous for his ordination of St. Columcille
                      to the Priesthood. St Etchen is honoured as a patron
                      saint of ploughmen and farmers. Indeed the statue of St. Etchen in Clonard
                      Church depicts him as a ploughman. He died on the 11th of February in 577ad.
                      St. Etchen is buried in Clonfad Cemetry.

                      http://www.scoiletchen.com/aboutus.html

                      St Etchen also features in the Life of St Colman, son of Luachan, (Colman of
                      Mullingar), where he is said to have ordained the 3 Colmans - Colman, son of
                      Luachan, Colman of Elo and Colman Comraire. Bishop Etchen is depicted as
                      having been the tutor to Colman, son of Luachan, who 'read the psalms and
                      the hymns and the whole order of the Church with him'. Angels would often
                      come as far as the cell in which he was to converse with Colman, but the
                      envy of the other students was aroused and Bishop Etchen sent Colman away to
                      study with Mochuta of Rahen.



                      St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
                      ---------------------------------------------------------
                      6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
                      born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
                      Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
                      church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
                      be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
                      came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
                      and build a monastery.

                      So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
                      she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
                      Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
                      white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
                      further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
                      There she founded her monastery.

                      Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
                      with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
                      on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
                      over it as abbess.

                      St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
                      credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
                      also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
                      which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
                      useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
                      brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
                      cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
                      dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
                      Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
                      sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
                      on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
                      building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
                      as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

                      There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
                      commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
                      which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
                      Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
                      statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
                      wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
                      festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
                      has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

                      A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
                      many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
                      nature.

                      Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
                      and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
                      Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
                      pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
                      relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
                      beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.


                      There are some photographs of the statue and someone taking Gobnait's
                      measure at this site:

                      http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnait%E2%80%99sfeastdaya,10208.php

                      A second story from the same site gives a little more detail about the
                      statue:

                      St Gobnait's Statue is of oak, and shows traces of five coatings of paint
                      over a gesso base on the wood. It is twenty seven inches high. The back is
                      hollowed out from shoulders to base. It is worn from being touched and its
                      only surviving feature is one large eye. That it never fell into the hands
                      of those who would destroy it shows how closely it was guarded.

                      Only four similar statues have survived. They are - St Maolruain, Bishop of
                      Tallaght, St Molua of Killaloe, St Mo-Cheallog and St Molaise, the Abbot of
                      Inishmurray whose image is in the National
                      Museum. All date from the 13th century, as is apparent from the large head
                      and narrow shoulders.

                      http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnaitherstoryasc,10208.php



                      The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
                      Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


                      Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
                      As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
                      guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
                      thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
                      worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

                      Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
                      Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
                      pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
                      bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
                      our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


                      Sources:
                      ========

                      Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
                      (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

                      D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
                      Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

                      Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
                      Oxford: Oxford University Press.

                      Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
                      The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

                      Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
                      Guildford: Billing & Sons.

                      Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

                      O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

                      Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

                      For All the Saints:
                      http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                      An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                      http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                      These Lives are archived at:
                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints

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                        Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

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                        * St. Ecian of Ireland
                        * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
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                        St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
                        ---------------------------------------------------------

                        St Ecian or Etchen was a 6th-century Bishop and founder of the monastery at
                        Clonfad, Co Westmeath. A school named in his honour gives this brief summary
                        of his life:

                        St Etchen the patron Saint of this school was born in 490AD. He founded a
                        Monastery in Confad and is most famous for his ordination of St. Columcille
                        to the Priesthood. St Etchen is honoured as a patron
                        saint of ploughmen and farmers. Indeed the statue of St. Etchen in Clonard
                        Church depicts him as a ploughman. He died on the 11th of February in 577ad.
                        St. Etchen is buried in Clonfad Cemetry.

                        http://www.scoiletchen.com/aboutus.html

                        St Etchen also features in the Life of St Colman, son of Luachan, (Colman of
                        Mullingar), where he is said to have ordained the 3 Colmans - Colman, son of
                        Luachan, Colman of Elo and Colman Comraire. Bishop Etchen is depicted as
                        having been the tutor to Colman, son of Luachan, who 'read the psalms and
                        the hymns and the whole order of the Church with him'. Angels would often
                        come as far as the cell in which he was to converse with Colman, but the
                        envy of the other students was aroused and Bishop Etchen sent Colman away to
                        study with Mochuta of Rahen.



                        St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
                        ---------------------------------------------------------
                        6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
                        born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
                        Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
                        church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
                        be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
                        came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
                        and build a monastery.

                        So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
                        she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
                        Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
                        white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
                        further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
                        There she founded her monastery.

                        Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
                        with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
                        on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
                        over it as abbess.

                        St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
                        credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
                        also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
                        which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
                        useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
                        brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
                        cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
                        dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
                        Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
                        sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
                        on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
                        building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
                        as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

                        There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
                        commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
                        which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
                        Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
                        statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
                        wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
                        festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
                        has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

                        A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
                        many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
                        nature.

                        Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
                        and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
                        Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
                        pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
                        relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
                        beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.


                        There are some photographs of the statue and someone taking Gobnait's
                        measure at this site:

                        http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnait%E2%80%99sfeastdaya,10208.php

                        A second story from the same site gives a little more detail about the
                        statue:

                        St Gobnait's Statue is of oak, and shows traces of five coatings of paint
                        over a gesso base on the wood. It is twenty seven inches high. The back is
                        hollowed out from shoulders to base. It is worn from being touched and its
                        only surviving feature is one large eye. That it never fell into the hands
                        of those who would destroy it shows how closely it was guarded.

                        Only four similar statues have survived. They are - St Maolruain, Bishop of
                        Tallaght, St Molua of Killaloe, St Mo-Cheallog and St Molaise, the Abbot of
                        Inishmurray whose image is in the National
                        Museum. All date from the 13th century, as is apparent from the large head
                        and narrow shoulders.

                        http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnaitherstoryasc,10208.php



                        The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
                        Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


                        Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
                        As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
                        guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
                        thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
                        worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

                        Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
                        Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
                        pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
                        bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
                        our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


                        Sources:
                        ========

                        Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
                        (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

                        D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
                        Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

                        Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
                        Oxford: Oxford University Press.

                        Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
                        The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

                        Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
                        Guildford: Billing & Sons.

                        Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

                        O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

                        Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

                        For All the Saints:
                        http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                        An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                        http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                        These Lives are archived at:
                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints

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                        Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Ecian of Ireland * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
                        Message 11 of 14 , Feb 12, 2013
                          Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

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                          * St. Ecian of Ireland
                          * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
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                          St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
                          ---------------------------------------------------------

                          St Ecian or Etchen was a 6th-century Bishop and founder of the monastery at
                          Clonfad, Co Westmeath. A school named in his honour gives this brief summary
                          of his life:

                          St Etchen the patron Saint of this school was born in 490AD. He founded a
                          Monastery in Confad and is most famous for his ordination of St. Columcille
                          to the Priesthood. St Etchen is honoured as a patron
                          saint of ploughmen and farmers. Indeed the statue of St. Etchen in Clonard
                          Church depicts him as a ploughman. He died on the 11th of February in 577ad.
                          St. Etchen is buried in Clonfad Cemetry.

                          http://www.scoiletchen.com/aboutus.html

                          St Etchen also features in the Life of St Colman, son of Luachan, (Colman of
                          Mullingar), where he is said to have ordained the 3 Colmans - Colman, son of
                          Luachan, Colman of Elo and Colman Comraire. Bishop Etchen is depicted as
                          having been the tutor to Colman, son of Luachan, who 'read the psalms and
                          the hymns and the whole order of the Church with him'. Angels would often
                          come as far as the cell in which he was to converse with Colman, but the
                          envy of the other students was aroused and Bishop Etchen sent Colman away to
                          study with Mochuta of Rahen.



                          St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
                          ---------------------------------------------------------
                          6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
                          born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
                          Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
                          church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
                          be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
                          came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
                          and build a monastery.

                          So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
                          she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
                          Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
                          white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
                          further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
                          There she founded her monastery.

                          Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
                          with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
                          on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
                          over it as abbess.

                          St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
                          credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
                          also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
                          which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
                          useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
                          brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
                          cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
                          dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
                          Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
                          sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
                          on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
                          building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
                          as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

                          There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
                          commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
                          which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
                          Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
                          statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
                          wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
                          festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
                          has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

                          A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
                          many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
                          nature.

                          Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
                          and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
                          Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
                          pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
                          relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
                          beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.


                          There are some photographs of the statue and someone taking Gobnait's
                          measure at this site:

                          http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnait%E2%80%99sfeastdaya,10208.php

                          A second story from the same site gives a little more detail about the
                          statue:

                          St Gobnait's Statue is of oak, and shows traces of five coatings of paint
                          over a gesso base on the wood. It is twenty seven inches high. The back is
                          hollowed out from shoulders to base. It is worn from being touched and its
                          only surviving feature is one large eye. That it never fell into the hands
                          of those who would destroy it shows how closely it was guarded.

                          Only four similar statues have survived. They are - St Maolruain, Bishop of
                          Tallaght, St Molua of Killaloe, St Mo-Cheallog and St Molaise, the Abbot of
                          Inishmurray whose image is in the National
                          Museum. All date from the 13th century, as is apparent from the large head
                          and narrow shoulders.

                          http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnaitherstoryasc,10208.php



                          The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
                          Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


                          Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
                          As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
                          guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
                          thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
                          worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

                          Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
                          Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
                          pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
                          bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
                          our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


                          Sources:
                          ========

                          Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
                          (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

                          D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
                          Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

                          Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
                          Oxford: Oxford University Press.

                          Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
                          The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

                          Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
                          Guildford: Billing & Sons.

                          Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

                          O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

                          Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

                          For All the Saints: - new active link
                          http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/saint_a.shtml

                          An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West - new active link
                          http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/saintsa.htm

                          These Lives are archived at:
                          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints

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                          Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Ecian of Ireland * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
                          Message 12 of 14 , Feb 15, 2014
                            Celtic and Old English Saints 11 February

                            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                            * St. Ecian of Ireland
                            * St. Gobnet of Ballyvourney
                            =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


                            St. Ecian, Bishop in Ireland
                            ---------------------------------------------------------

                            St Ecian or Etchen was a 6th-century Bishop and founder of the monastery at
                            Clonfad, Co Westmeath. A school named in his honour gives this brief summary
                            of his life:

                            St Etchen the patron Saint of this school was born in 490AD. He founded a
                            Monastery in Confad and is most famous for his ordination of St. Columcille
                            to the Priesthood. St Etchen is honoured as a patron
                            saint of ploughmen and farmers. Indeed the statue of St. Etchen in Clonard
                            Church depicts him as a ploughman. He died on the 11th of February in 577ad.
                            St. Etchen is buried in Clonfad Cemetry.

                            http://www.scoiletchen.com/aboutus.html

                            St Etchen also features in the Life of St Colman, son of Luachan, (Colman of
                            Mullingar), where he is said to have ordained the 3 Colmans - Colman, son of
                            Luachan, Colman of Elo and Colman Comraire. Bishop Etchen is depicted as
                            having been the tutor to Colman, son of Luachan, who 'read the psalms and
                            the hymns and the whole order of the Church with him'. Angels would often
                            come as far as the cell in which he was to converse with Colman, but the
                            envy of the other students was aroused and Bishop Etchen sent Colman away to
                            study with Mochuta of Rahen.



                            St. Gobnata (Gobnet, Gobnait) of Ballyvourney, Virgin
                            ---------------------------------------------------------
                            6th century One of the most popular of the saints of Munster, she was
                            born in County Clare but had to flee from enemies and took refuge in the
                            Isle of Aran, where there is a church at Inisheer, Kilgobnet, Gobnat's
                            church. After a time an angel appeared and told her that this was not to
                            be "the place of her resurrection" but she must make a journey until she
                            came upon nine white deer and this would be the sign for her to settle
                            and build a monastery.

                            So she set out to search for the spot that God had chosen for her and
                            she founded churches on the way, among them Dunguin in County Kerry and
                            Dungarven in County Waterford. It was in County Cork that she saw three
                            white deer near Cloudrohid; then at Ballymakeera she saw six and going
                            further she arrived at Ballyvourney and found nine grazing near a wood.
                            There she founded her monastery.

                            Saint Abban of Kilabban, County Meath, Ireland, is said to have worked
                            with her on the foundation of the convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork,
                            on land donated by the O'Herlihy family, and to have placed Saint Gobnat
                            over it as abbess.

                            St Gobnat had a particular calling to care for the sick and she is
                            credited with saving the people at Ballyvourney from the plague. She is
                            also regarded as the Patroness of bees. Gobnata (meaning "Honey Bee",
                            which is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Deborah") Of course honey is a
                            useful ingredient in many medicines but she is said to have driven off a
                            brigand by sending a swarm of bees after him and making him restore the
                            cattle he had stolen. In fact she seems to have been very able in
                            dealing with brigands. Set in the wall of the ruined church at
                            Ballyvourney there is a round stone, which she is said to have used as a
                            sort of boomerang to prevent the building of a castle by another brigand
                            on the other side of the valley from her monastery. Every time he began
                            building she sent the stone across and knocked down the walls, as fast
                            as he could build, until he gave up in despair.

                            There is a field near to the village called the Plague Field
                            commemorating the area she marked out as consecrated ground, across
                            which the plague could not pass. The "Tomhas Ghobnata", which is the
                            Gaelic for Gobnat's measure, a length of wool measured against her
                            statue, is still in demand for healing, and in the church a much worn
                            wooden statue of the thirteenth century is preserved and shown on her
                            festival. At Killeen there is Gobnat's Stone, an early cross pillar that
                            has a small figure bearing a crozier on one side.

                            A well still exists at Ballyvourney that is named after her. As with
                            many Irish saints, there are stories of wondrous interactions with
                            nature.

                            Her grave in the churchyard at Ballyvourney is decorated with crutches
                            and other evidence of cures obtained through Gobnata's intercession.
                            Among the miracles attributed to her intercession were the staying of a
                            pestilence by marking off the parish as sacred ground. Another tradition
                            relates that she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them. Her
                            beehive has remained a precious relic of the O'Herlihys.


                            There are some photographs of the statue and someone taking Gobnait's
                            measure at this site:

                            http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnait%E2%80%99sfeastdaya,10208.php

                            A second story from the same site gives a little more detail about the
                            statue:

                            St Gobnait's Statue is of oak, and shows traces of five coatings of paint
                            over a gesso base on the wood. It is twenty seven inches high. The back is
                            hollowed out from shoulders to base. It is worn from being touched and its
                            only surviving feature is one large eye. That it never fell into the hands
                            of those who would destroy it shows how closely it was guarded.

                            Only four similar statues have survived. They are - St Maolruain, Bishop of
                            Tallaght, St Molua of Killaloe, St Mo-Cheallog and St Molaise, the Abbot of
                            Inishmurray whose image is in the National
                            Museum. All date from the 13th century, as is apparent from the large head
                            and narrow shoulders.

                            http://www.ballincolligonline.ie/news/stgobnaitherstoryasc,10208.php



                            The round stone associated with her is still preserved. In art, Saint
                            Gobnata is represented as a beekeeper.


                            Troparion of St Gobnet tone 3
                            As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban/ thou didst worthily
                            guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet./ Wherefore we entreat
                            thee to intercede for us/ that we may be guided aright/ and be found
                            worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

                            Kontakion of St Gobnet tone 5
                            Praise and honour are thy due/ O physician of bodies and souls,/ most
                            pious Gobnet./ As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing,/ didst
                            bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ,/ pray now for us that
                            our tormented souls/ may come to know the joy of godly healing.


                            Sources:
                            ========

                            Benedictine Monks of Saint Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
                            (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

                            D'Arcy, M. R. (1974). The Saints of Ireland. Saint Paul,
                            Minnesota: Irish American Cultural Institute.

                            Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
                            Oxford: Oxford University Press.

                            Flanagan, L A.(1990) Chronicle of Irish Saints.
                            The Blackstaff Press, Belfast.

                            Montague, H. P. (1981). The Saints and Martyrs of Ireland.
                            Guildford: Billing & Sons.

                            Neeson, E. (1967). Book of Irish Saints. Cork: Mercer Press.

                            O'Hanlon, J. (1875). Lives of Irish saints, 10 vol. Dublin.

                            Sullivan, A. M. (1867). Story of Ireland. Dublin: M. H. Gill.

                            For All the Saints: - new active link
                            http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/saint_a.shtml

                            An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West - new active link
                            http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/saintsa.htm

                            These Lives are archived at:
                            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints

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