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  • emrys@globe.net.nz
    Celtic and Old English Saints 1 January Síd ocus soinmige dúib isin blíadnai-seo do·thét! Peace and happiness to you all in this coming year!
    Message 1 of 14 , Dec 31, 2007
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      Celtic and Old English Saints 1 January

      Síd ocus soinmige dúib isin blíadnai-seo do·thét!
      Peace and happiness to you all in this coming year!

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      * St. Beoc of Lough Derg
      * St. Connat of Kildare
      * St. Cuan
      * St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
      * St. Fanchea of Rossory
      * St. Maelrhys
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      St. Beoc, Abbot
      ------------------------
      (also known as Beanus, Dabeoc, Mobeoc)
      5th or 6th century. Beoc was a Cambro-Briton, who crossed over from
      Wales to Ireland and founded a monastery on an island in Lough Derg,
      Donegal (Benedictines).


      St. Connat (Comnatan) Virgin
      -----------------------------------------
      Died c. 590. Abbess of Saint Brigid's convent in Kildare (Benedictines).


      St. Cuan (Mochua, Moncan), Abbot
      ------------------------------------------
      6th century. An Irish abbot, who founded many churches and monasteries
      and who lived to be nearly 100 (Benedictines).


      St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
      ------------------------------------
      2nd century. Elvan and Mydwyn are said to have been the Britons sent by
      King Saint Lucius to Pope Saint Eleutherius to petition for missionaries
      to be sent to Britain (Benedictines).


      St. Fanchea (Fainche, Garbh) of Rossory, Virgin
      ---------------------------------------
      Died c. 585. Many amazing stories are related about her in the life of
      Saint Enda, who is generally regarded as the father of Irish
      monasticism. Fanchea was an early nun with special capabilities as a
      directress of souls. She is said to be a native of Clogher, who
      persuaded her brother, Saint Enda, to become a monk. She was the
      abbess-founder of a convent at Rossory, Fermanagh, and was buried at
      Killane (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


      St. Maelrhys
      ------------------
      6th century. Maelrhys, a saint from the isle of Bardsey, was probably
      born in Brittany. He is venerated in northern Wales (Benedictines).


      Sources:
      ========

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

      Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, October. (1966).
      Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

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

      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 1 January =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Beoc of Lough Derg * St. Connat of Kildare * St. Cuan
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        * St. Beoc of Lough Derg
        * St. Connat of Kildare
        * St. Cuan
        * St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
        * St. Fanchea of Rossory
        * St. Maelrhys
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        St. Beoc, Abbot
        ------------------------
        (also known as Beanus, Dabeoc, Mobeoc)
        5th or 6th century. Beoc was a Cambro-Briton, who crossed over from
        Wales to Ireland and founded a monastery on an island in Lough Derg,
        Donegal (Benedictines).


        St. Connat (Comnatan) Virgin
        -----------------------------------------
        Died c. 590. Abbess of Saint Brigid's convent in Kildare (Benedictines).


        St. Cuan (Mochua, Moncan), Abbot
        ------------------------------------------
        6th century. An Irish abbot, who founded many churches and monasteries
        and who lived to be nearly 100 (Benedictines).


        St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
        ------------------------------------
        2nd century. Elvan and Mydwyn are said to have been the Britons sent by
        King Saint Lucius to Pope Saint Eleutherius to petition for missionaries
        to be sent to Britain (Benedictines).


        St. Fanchea (Fainche, Garbh) of Rossory, Virgin
        ---------------------------------------
        Died c. 585. Many amazing stories are related about her in the life of
        Saint Enda, who is generally regarded as the father of Irish
        monasticism. Fanchea was an early nun with special capabilities as a
        directress of souls. She is said to be a native of Clogher, who
        persuaded her brother, Saint Enda, to become a monk. She was the
        abbess-founder of a convent at Rossory, Fermanagh, and was buried at
        Killane (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


        St. Maelrhys
        ------------------
        6th century. Maelrhys, a saint from the isle of Bardsey, was probably
        born in Brittany. He is venerated in northern Wales (Benedictines).


        Sources:
        ========

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

        Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, October. (1966).
        Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

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

        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 1 January =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Beoc of Lough Derg * St. Ossene of Clonmore * St.
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          * St. Beoc of Lough Derg
          * St. Ossene of Clonmore
          * St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
          * St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
          * St. Eochaid of Uisneach
          * St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
          * St. Fintan of Bealach
          * St. Connat of Kildare
          * St. Cuan
          * St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
          * St. Fanchea of Rossory
          * St. Maelrhys
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          St. Beoc, Abbot
          ------------------------
          (also known as Beanus, Dabeoc, Mobeoc)
          5th or 6th century. Beoc was a Cambro-Briton, who crossed over from
          Wales to Ireland and founded a monastery on an island in Lough Derg,
          Donegal (Benedictines).

          St Daibheog of Lough Derg

          In the "Martyrology of Tallagh" we find this insertion : Aedh, Lochagerg,
          alias Daibheog. His name is Latinized Dabeocus, and he is frequently called
          Beanus.

          At a very early date, this saint lived on the island ; but for what term of
          life does not seem to have been ascertained. Few notices of the place occur
          in our ancient annals. We read, in the "Martyrology of
          Donegal," that Dabheog belonged to Lough Geirg or Loch-gerc, in Ulster.
          There, also, three festivals were annually held in his honour, namely, on
          the 1st of January, on the 24th of July, and on the 16th of
          December.

          According to St. Cummin of Connor, in the following translation from his
          Irish poem on the characteristic virtues of the Irish Saints :-

          "Mobeog, the gifted, loved,
          According to the Synod of the learned,
          That often in bowing his head,
          He plunged it under water."''

          Whether or not St. Patrick had any acquaintance with St. Dabeoc can hardly
          be discovered. But, we are told, while the latter, with his clerics, lived
          on the island, and when his vigils had been protracted to a late hour one
          night, a wonderful brightness appeared towards the northern part of the
          horizon. The clerics asked their master what it portended.

          " In that direction, whence you have seen the brilliant
          illumination," said Dabeog, 'the Lord himself, at a future
          time, shall light a shining lamp, which, by its brightness,
          must miraculously glorify the Church of Christ. This
          shall be Columba, the son of Feidlimid, son of Fergus,
          and whose mother will be Ethnea. For learning he shall
          be distinguished ; in body and soul shall he be chaste ;
          and he shall possess the gifts of prophecy."'

          See Colgan's "Trias Thaumaturga." Quinta Vita S, Columbae. Lib. i., cap. X,
          pp. 390, 391.


          St. Ossene of Clonmore, Abbot
          ------------------------
          St. Ossene, or Oissein, son to Ceallach, of Clonmore, County of Louth.
          [Sixth Century.]

          Both published and unpublished copies of the Tallagh Martyrology assign the
          1st day of January as a festival to Ossene, of Cluana Mor. This is the name
          of a parish and townland in the ancient territory of
          Cianachta Arda, It is known as Clonmore, in the present barony of Ferrard,
          county of Louth. Ossein, son to Ceallach, of Cluainmor-Fer-n Arda, according
          to the Martyrologies of Marianus O'Gorman and of Donegal, was venerated on
          this day. This saint flourished at an early period, since St. Columkille
          founded or repaired Cluain-mor-fernarda, in the territory of Bregia,and
          placed St. Ossin, or Osseneus over it. (O'Hanlon)


          St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
          ------------------------
          St. Colman Muilinn, of Derrykeighan, County of Antrim. [Fifth or Sixth
          Century.]

          From various accounts, it would appear, the Church of Derrykeighan must have
          been one of the oldest foundations in Ireland. Its first administrator is
          stated to have been brother to St. Mochay, who died
          towards the close of the fifth century. Colman Muilinn is simply entered in
          the "Martyrology of Tallagh," on this day. He belonged to a place known as
          Derrykeighan, in the county of Antrim, and within the
          diocese of Connor. Further particulars concerning him we read in the
          "Martyrology of Donegal."9 There it is stated that Colman Muilinn, of
          Doire-Chaechain," belonged to Dal-Riada, in Ulster. Bronach, daughter of
          Milchu," son to Buan, is said to have been his mother. We are informed,
          likewise, that it was in a mill St. Colman used to make obeisance to the
          brethren. No clue to the date of his death can be
          found in our Annals. (O'Hanlon)



          St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
          ------------------------
          St. Airmedach, Hermetius, or Ermedhach, Abbot of Craibhi-Laisre, probably
          Creevagh, near Clonmacnoise, King's County. [Seventh Century.]

          Airmedach, Abbot of Craibhi-Lasri, occurs at the 1st day of January, in the
          "Martyrology of Tallagh."' This saint is called Eirmbeadhach in the " Annals
          of the Four Masters." Marianus O'Gorman inserts this
          Hermetius in the Calendar at the 1st day of January. His birth may probably
          be referred to the early part of the seventh century. The "Martyrology of
          Donegal" mentions Ermedhach, Abbot of Craebh-Laisre,
          as having been venerated at this day. In a table appended, the name of this
          holy man is Latinized or Grecized, Hermes.The present saint died a.d. 681,
          according to the " Annals of the Four Masters," or a.d. 682, according to
          those of Ulster. Craebh-Laisre is said to be the name of a place near
          Clonmacnoise. Some doubt has been entertained as to whether this saint had
          been identical with a certain Hermetius, Bishop and Abbot of Clogher,
          mentioned in the "Tripartite Life of St. Patrick." He is said to have
          written Acts of the great Irish apostle. Craebh- Laisre means in English "
          Laisre's Bush," or " Branch," viz.,
          of the " Old Tree." (O'Hanlon)


          St. Eochaid of Uisneach
          ------------------------
          St. Eochaid, of Uisneach, or Usneagh, County of Westmeath.

          Eochaid's name, without any other description, is found in the "Martyrology
          of Tallagh" on to-day. There is a St. Eochod mentioned as a companion of St.
          Columkille ; but the present seems to have been a
          different person. A festival to Eochaid of Uisneach is entered at this date
          in the "Martyrology of Donegal." (O'Hanlon)


          St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
          ------------------------
          St. Scethe, or Sciath, Virgin and Patroness of Feart-Sceithe, now Ardskeagh,
          County Cork.

          Scethe, a virgin, from Fert Sceithe, is found on record in the "Martyrology
          of Tallagh," at the 1st day of January. From the "Martyrology of Donegal "
          we learn that veneration was given on this
          day to Sciath, virgin, and daughter to Meachair, of Feart-Sceithe, in
          Muscraighe-Aedha. St. Scethe belonged to the race of Conaire, son to
          Mogh-lamha, monarch of Ireland. Thus she was descended from the race of
          Heremon. The Church of Fiort-sceithe is placed by the Calendars of Marianus
          and of the Four Masters in Muscraighe-tri-maighe, or Muskerry of the Three
          Plains. It is known at present by the name of Ardskeagh, a small parish in
          that part of Fermoy barony bordering on the baronies of Orrery and Kilmore,
          county of Cork. (O'Hanlon)



          St. Fintan of Bealach
          ------------------------
          St. Fintan, son of Eochach, of Bealach. [Sixth or Seventh Century.]

          Fintan Mac Eochach, of Bealach, has been set down in the "Martyrology of
          Tallagh"' at the 1st of January." It is not easy to discover where the
          'bealach," meaning a " pass" or "road," lay. At this date the
          "Martyrology of Donegal " likewise registers Fuintain, son of Eochaidh,
          descended from the race of Laeghaire, son to Niall of the Nine Hostages. At
          the period of his death, which probably occurred
          sometime about the close of the sixth or beginning of the seventh century,
          he passed to a blessed life, promised to faithful servants, in the household
          of the Lord. (O'Hanlon)

          For the 6 Saints above refer to :
          http://www.archive.org/details/livesofirishsain01ohanuoft


          St. Connat (Comnatan) Virgin
          -----------------------------------------
          Died c. 590. Abbess of Saint Brigid's convent in Kildare (Benedictines).


          St. Cuan (Mochua, Moncan), Abbot
          ------------------------------------------
          6th century. An Irish abbot, who founded many churches and monasteries
          and who lived to be nearly 100 (Benedictines).


          St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
          ------------------------------------
          2nd century. Elvan and Mydwyn are said to have been the Britons sent by
          King Saint Lucius to Pope Saint Eleutherius to petition for missionaries
          to be sent to Britain (Benedictines).


          St. Fanchea (Fainche, Garbh) of Rossory, Virgin
          ---------------------------------------
          Died c. 585. Many amazing stories are related about her in the life of
          Saint Enda, who is generally regarded as the father of Irish
          monasticism. Fanchea was an early nun with special capabilities as a
          directress of souls. She is said to be a native of Clogher, who
          persuaded her brother, Saint Enda, to become a monk. She was the
          abbess-founder of a convent at Rossory, Fermanagh, and was buried at
          Killane (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


          St. Maelrhys
          ------------------
          6th century. Maelrhys, a saint from the isle of Bardsey, was probably
          born in Brittany. He is venerated in northern Wales (Benedictines).


          Sources:
          ========

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

          Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, October. (1966).
          Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

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

          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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        • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
          Celtic and Old English Saints 1 January HAPPY MMXI =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Beoc of Lough Derg * St. Ossene of
          Message 4 of 14 , Dec 31, 2010
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            Celtic and Old English Saints           1 January
             
                        HAPPY MMXI

             
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            * St. Beoc of Lough Derg
            * St. Ossene of Clonmore
            * St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
            * St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
            * St. Eochaid of Uisneach
            * St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
            * St. Fintan of Bealach
            * St. Connat of Kildare
            * St. Cuan
            * St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
            * St. Fanchea of Rossory
            * St. Maelrhys
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            St. Beoc, Abbot
            ------------------------
            (also known as Beanus, Dabeoc, Mobeoc)
            5th or 6th century. Beoc was a Cambro-Briton, who crossed over from
            Wales to Ireland and founded a monastery on an island in Lough Derg,
            Donegal (Benedictines).

            St Daibheog of Lough Derg

            In the "Martyrology of Tallagh" we find this insertion : Aedh, Lochagerg,
            alias Daibheog. His name is Latinized Dabeocus, and he is frequently called
            Beanus.

            At a very early date, this saint lived on the island ; but for what term of
            life does not seem to have been ascertained. Few notices of the place occur
            in our ancient annals. We read, in the "Martyrology of
            Donegal," that Dabheog belonged to Lough Geirg or Loch-gerc, in Ulster.
            There, also, three festivals were annually held in his honour, namely, on
            the 1st of January, on the 24th of July, and on the 16th of
            December.

            According to St. Cummin of Connor, in the following translation from his
            Irish poem on the characteristic virtues of the Irish Saints :-

            "Mobeog, the gifted, loved,
            According to the Synod of the learned,
            That often in bowing his head,
            He plunged it under water."''

            Whether or not St. Patrick had any acquaintance with St. Dabeoc can hardly
            be discovered. But, we are told, while the latter, with his clerics, lived
            on the island, and when his vigils had been protracted to a late hour one
            night, a wonderful brightness appeared towards the northern part of the
            horizon. The clerics asked their master what it portended.

            " In that direction, whence you have seen the brilliant
            illumination," said Dabeog, 'the Lord himself, at a future
            time, shall light a shining lamp, which, by its brightness,
            must miraculously glorify the Church of Christ. This
            shall be Columba, the son of Feidlimid, son of Fergus,
            and whose mother will be Ethnea. For learning he shall
            be distinguished ; in body and soul shall he be chaste ;
            and he shall possess the gifts of prophecy."'

            See Colgan's "Trias Thaumaturga." Quinta Vita S, Columbae. Lib. i., cap. X,
            pp. 390, 391.


            St. Ossene of Clonmore, Abbot
            ------------------------
            St. Ossene, or Oissein, son to Ceallach, of Clonmore, County of Louth.
            [Sixth Century.]

            Both published and unpublished copies of the Tallagh Martyrology assign the
            1st day of January as a festival to Ossene, of Cluana Mor. This is the name
            of a parish and townland in the ancient territory of
            Cianachta Arda, It is known as Clonmore, in the present barony of Ferrard,
            county of Louth. Ossein, son to Ceallach, of Cluainmor-Fer-n Arda, according
            to the Martyrologies of Marianus O'Gorman and of Donegal, was venerated on
            this day. This saint flourished at an early period, since St. Columkille
            founded or repaired Cluain-mor-fernarda, in the territory of Bregia,and
            placed St. Ossin, or Osseneus over it. (O'Hanlon)


            St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
            ------------------------
            St. Colman Muilinn, of Derrykeighan, County of Antrim. [Fifth or Sixth
            Century.]

            From various accounts, it would appear, the Church of Derrykeighan must have
            been one of the oldest foundations in Ireland. Its first administrator is
            stated to have been brother to St. Mochay, who died
            towards the close of the fifth century. Colman Muilinn is simply entered in
            the "Martyrology of Tallagh," on this day. He belonged to a place known as
            Derrykeighan, in the county of Antrim, and within the
            diocese of Connor. Further particulars concerning him we read in the
            "Martyrology of Donegal."9 There it is stated that Colman Muilinn, of
            Doire-Chaechain," belonged to Dal-Riada, in Ulster. Bronach, daughter of
            Milchu," son to Buan, is said to have been his mother. We are informed,
            likewise, that it was in a mill St. Colman used to make obeisance to the
            brethren. No clue to the date of his death can be
            found in our Annals. (O'Hanlon)



            St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
            ------------------------
            St. Airmedach, Hermetius, or Ermedhach, Abbot of Craibhi-Laisre, probably
            Creevagh, near Clonmacnoise, King's County. [Seventh Century.]

            Airmedach, Abbot of Craibhi-Lasri, occurs at the 1st day of January, in the
            "Martyrology of Tallagh."' This saint is called Eirmbeadhach in the " Annals
            of the Four Masters." Marianus O'Gorman inserts this
            Hermetius in the Calendar at the 1st day of January. His birth may probably
            be referred to the early part of the seventh century. The "Martyrology of
            Donegal" mentions Ermedhach, Abbot of Craebh-Laisre,
            as having been venerated at this day. In a table appended, the name of this
            holy man is Latinized or Grecized, Hermes.The present saint died a.d. 681,
            according to the " Annals of the Four Masters," or a.d. 682, according to
            those of Ulster. Craebh-Laisre is said to be the name of a place near
            Clonmacnoise. Some doubt has been entertained as to whether this saint had
            been identical with a certain Hermetius, Bishop and Abbot of Clogher,
            mentioned in the "Tripartite Life of St. Patrick." He is said to have
            written Acts of the great Irish apostle. Craebh- Laisre means in English "
            Laisre's Bush," or " Branch," viz.,
            of the " Old Tree." (O'Hanlon)


            St. Eochaid of Uisneach
            ------------------------
            St. Eochaid, of Uisneach, or Usneagh, County of Westmeath.

            Eochaid's name, without any other description, is found in the "Martyrology
            of Tallagh" on to-day. There is a St. Eochod mentioned as a companion of St.
            Columkille ; but the present seems to have been a
            different person. A festival to Eochaid of Uisneach is entered at this date
            in the "Martyrology of Donegal." (O'Hanlon)


            St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
            ------------------------
            St. Scethe, or Sciath, Virgin and Patroness of Feart-Sceithe, now Ardskeagh,
            County Cork.

            Scethe, a virgin, from Fert Sceithe, is found on record in the "Martyrology
            of Tallagh," at the 1st day of January. From the "Martyrology of Donegal "
            we learn that veneration was given on this
            day to Sciath, virgin, and daughter to Meachair, of Feart-Sceithe, in
            Muscraighe-Aedha. St. Scethe belonged to the race of Conaire, son to
            Mogh-lamha, monarch of Ireland. Thus she was descended from the race of
            Heremon. The Church of Fiort-sceithe is placed by the Calendars of Marianus
            and of the Four Masters in Muscraighe-tri-maighe, or Muskerry of the Three
            Plains. It is known at present by the name of Ardskeagh, a small parish in
            that part of Fermoy barony bordering on the baronies of Orrery and Kilmore,
            county of Cork. (O'Hanlon)



            St. Fintan of Bealach
            ------------------------
            St. Fintan, son of Eochach, of Bealach. [Sixth or Seventh Century.]

            Fintan Mac Eochach, of Bealach, has been set down in the "Martyrology of
            Tallagh"' at the 1st of January." It is not easy to discover where the
            'bealach," meaning a " pass" or "road," lay. At this date the
            "Martyrology of Donegal " likewise registers Fuintain, son of Eochaidh,
            descended from the race of Laeghaire, son to Niall of the Nine Hostages. At
            the period of his death, which probably occurred
            sometime about the close of the sixth or beginning of the seventh century,
            he passed to a blessed life, promised to faithful servants, in the household
            of the Lord. (O'Hanlon)

            For the 6 Saints above refer to :
            http://www.archive.org/details/livesofirishsain01ohanuoft


            St. Connat (Comnatan) Virgin
            -----------------------------------------
            Died c. 590. Abbess of Saint Brigid's convent in Kildare (Benedictines).


            St. Cuan (Mochua, Moncan), Abbot
            ------------------------------------------
            6th century. An Irish abbot, who founded many churches and monasteries
            and who lived to be nearly 100 (Benedictines).


            St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
            ------------------------------------
            2nd century. Elvan and Mydwyn are said to have been the Britons sent by
            King Saint Lucius to Pope Saint Eleutherius to petition for missionaries
            to be sent to Britain (Benedictines).


            St. Fanchea (Fainche, Garbh) of Rossory, Virgin
            ---------------------------------------
            Died c. 585. Many amazing stories are related about her in the life of
            Saint Enda, who is generally regarded as the father of Irish
            monasticism. Fanchea was an early nun with special capabilities as a
            directress of souls. She is said to be a native of Clogher, who
            persuaded her brother, Saint Enda, to become a monk. She was the
            abbess-founder of a convent at Rossory, Fermanagh, and was buried at
            Killane (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


            St. Maelrhys
            ------------------
            6th century. Maelrhys, a saint from the isle of Bardsey, was probably
            born in Brittany. He is venerated in northern Wales (Benedictines).


            Sources:
            ========

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

            Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, October. (1966).
            Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

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

            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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              * St. Beoc of Lough Derg
              * St. Ossene of Clonmore
              * St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
              * St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
              * St. Eochaid of Uisneach
              * St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
              * St. Fintan of Bealach
              * St. Connat of Kildare
              * St. Cuan
              * St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
              * St. Fanchea of Rossory
              * St. Maelrhys
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              St. Beoc, Abbot
              ------------------------
              (also known as Beanus, Dabeoc, Mobeoc)
              5th or 6th century. Beoc was a Cambro-Briton, who crossed over from
              Wales to Ireland and founded a monastery on an island in Lough Derg,
              Donegal (Benedictines).

              St Daibheog of Lough Derg

              In the "Martyrology of Tallagh" we find this insertion : Aedh, Lochagerg,
              alias Daibheog. His name is Latinized Dabeocus, and he is frequently called
              Beanus.

              At a very early date, this saint lived on the island ; but for what term of
              life does not seem to have been ascertained. Few notices of the place occur
              in our ancient annals. We read, in the "Martyrology of
              Donegal," that Dabheog belonged to Lough Geirg or Loch-gerc, in Ulster.
              There, also, three festivals were annually held in his honour, namely, on
              the 1st of January, on the 24th of July, and on the 16th of
              December.

              According to St. Cummin of Connor, in the following translation from his
              Irish poem on the characteristic virtues of the Irish Saints :-

              "Mobeog, the gifted, loved,
              According to the Synod of the learned,
              That often in bowing his head,
              He plunged it under water."''

              Whether or not St. Patrick had any acquaintance with St. Dabeoc can hardly
              be discovered. But, we are told, while the latter, with his clerics, lived
              on the island, and when his vigils had been protracted to a late hour one
              night, a wonderful brightness appeared towards the northern part of the
              horizon. The clerics asked their master what it portended.

              " In that direction, whence you have seen the brilliant
              illumination," said Dabeog, 'the Lord himself, at a future
              time, shall light a shining lamp, which, by its brightness,
              must miraculously glorify the Church of Christ. This
              shall be Columba, the son of Feidlimid, son of Fergus,
              and whose mother will be Ethnea. For learning he shall
              be distinguished ; in body and soul shall he be chaste ;
              and he shall possess the gifts of prophecy."'

              See Colgan's "Trias Thaumaturga." Quinta Vita S, Columbae. Lib. i., cap. X,
              pp. 390, 391.


              St. Ossene of Clonmore, Abbot
              ------------------------
              St. Ossene, or Oissein, son to Ceallach, of Clonmore, County of Louth.
              [Sixth Century.]

              Both published and unpublished copies of the Tallagh Martyrology assign the
              1st day of January as a festival to Ossene, of Cluana Mor. This is the name
              of a parish and townland in the ancient territory of
              Cianachta Arda, It is known as Clonmore, in the present barony of Ferrard,
              county of Louth. Ossein, son to Ceallach, of Cluainmor-Fer-n Arda, according
              to the Martyrologies of Marianus O'Gorman and of Donegal, was venerated on
              this day. This saint flourished at an early period, since St. Columkille
              founded or repaired Cluain-mor-fernarda, in the territory of Bregia,and
              placed St. Ossin, or Osseneus over it. (O'Hanlon)


              St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
              ------------------------
              St. Colman Muilinn, of Derrykeighan, County of Antrim. [Fifth or Sixth
              Century.]

              From various accounts, it would appear, the Church of Derrykeighan must have
              been one of the oldest foundations in Ireland. Its first administrator is
              stated to have been brother to St. Mochay, who died
              towards the close of the fifth century. Colman Muilinn is simply entered in
              the "Martyrology of Tallagh," on this day. He belonged to a place known as
              Derrykeighan, in the county of Antrim, and within the
              diocese of Connor. Further particulars concerning him we read in the
              "Martyrology of Donegal."9 There it is stated that Colman Muilinn, of
              Doire-Chaechain," belonged to Dal-Riada, in Ulster. Bronach, daughter of
              Milchu," son to Buan, is said to have been his mother. We are informed,
              likewise, that it was in a mill St. Colman used to make obeisance to the
              brethren. No clue to the date of his death can be
              found in our Annals. (O'Hanlon)



              St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
              ------------------------
              St. Airmedach, Hermetius, or Ermedhach, Abbot of Craibhi-Laisre, probably
              Creevagh, near Clonmacnoise, King's County. [Seventh Century.]

              Airmedach, Abbot of Craibhi-Lasri, occurs at the 1st day of January, in the
              "Martyrology of Tallagh."' This saint is called Eirmbeadhach in the " Annals
              of the Four Masters." Marianus O'Gorman inserts this
              Hermetius in the Calendar at the 1st day of January. His birth may probably
              be referred to the early part of the seventh century. The "Martyrology of
              Donegal" mentions Ermedhach, Abbot of Craebh-Laisre,
              as having been venerated at this day. In a table appended, the name of this
              holy man is Latinized or Grecized, Hermes.The present saint died a.d. 681,
              according to the " Annals of the Four Masters," or a.d. 682, according to
              those of Ulster. Craebh-Laisre is said to be the name of a place near
              Clonmacnoise. Some doubt has been entertained as to whether this saint had
              been identical with a certain Hermetius, Bishop and Abbot of Clogher,
              mentioned in the "Tripartite Life of St. Patrick." He is said to have
              written Acts of the great Irish apostle. Craebh- Laisre means in English "
              Laisre's Bush," or " Branch," viz.,
              of the " Old Tree." (O'Hanlon)


              St. Eochaid of Uisneach
              ------------------------
              St. Eochaid, of Uisneach, or Usneagh, County of Westmeath.

              Eochaid's name, without any other description, is found in the "Martyrology
              of Tallagh" on to-day. There is a St. Eochod mentioned as a companion of St.
              Columkille ; but the present seems to have been a
              different person. A festival to Eochaid of Uisneach is entered at this date
              in the "Martyrology of Donegal." (O'Hanlon)


              St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
              ------------------------
              St. Scethe, or Sciath, Virgin and Patroness of Feart-Sceithe, now Ardskeagh,
              County Cork.

              Scethe, a virgin, from Fert Sceithe, is found on record in the "Martyrology
              of Tallagh," at the 1st day of January. From the "Martyrology of Donegal "
              we learn that veneration was given on this
              day to Sciath, virgin, and daughter to Meachair, of Feart-Sceithe, in
              Muscraighe-Aedha. St. Scethe belonged to the race of Conaire, son to
              Mogh-lamha, monarch of Ireland. Thus she was descended from the race of
              Heremon. The Church of Fiort-sceithe is placed by the Calendars of Marianus
              and of the Four Masters in Muscraighe-tri-maighe, or Muskerry of the Three
              Plains. It is known at present by the name of Ardskeagh, a small parish in
              that part of Fermoy barony bordering on the baronies of Orrery and Kilmore,
              county of Cork. (O'Hanlon)



              St. Fintan of Bealach
              ------------------------
              St. Fintan, son of Eochach, of Bealach. [Sixth or Seventh Century.]

              Fintan Mac Eochach, of Bealach, has been set down in the "Martyrology of
              Tallagh"' at the 1st of January." It is not easy to discover where the
              'bealach," meaning a " pass" or "road," lay. At this date the
              "Martyrology of Donegal " likewise registers Fuintain, son of Eochaidh,
              descended from the race of Laeghaire, son to Niall of the Nine Hostages. At
              the period of his death, which probably occurred
              sometime about the close of the sixth or beginning of the seventh century,
              he passed to a blessed life, promised to faithful servants, in the household
              of the Lord. (O'Hanlon)

              For the 6 Saints above refer to :
              http://www.archive.org/details/livesofirishsain01ohanuoft


              St. Connat (Comnatan) Virgin
              -----------------------------------------
              Died c. 590. Abbess of Saint Brigid's convent in Kildare (Benedictines).


              St. Cuan (Mochua, Moncan), Abbot
              ------------------------------------------
              6th century. An Irish abbot, who founded many churches and monasteries
              and who lived to be nearly 100 (Benedictines).


              St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
              ------------------------------------
              2nd century. Elvan and Mydwyn are said to have been the Britons sent by
              King Saint Lucius to Pope Saint Eleutherius to petition for missionaries
              to be sent to Britain (Benedictines).


              St. Fanchea (Fainche, Garbh) of Rossory, Virgin
              ---------------------------------------
              Died c. 585. Many amazing stories are related about her in the life of
              Saint Enda, who is generally regarded as the father of Irish
              monasticism. Fanchea was an early nun with special capabilities as a
              directress of souls. She is said to be a native of Clogher, who
              persuaded her brother, Saint Enda, to become a monk. She was the
              abbess-founder of a convent at Rossory, Fermanagh, and was buried at
              Killane (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


              St. Maelrhys
              ------------------
              6th century. Maelrhys, a saint from the isle of Bardsey, was probably
              born in Brittany. He is venerated in northern Wales (Benedictines).


              Sources:
              ========

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

              Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, October. (1966).
              Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

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

              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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                * St. Beoc of Lough Derg
                * St. Ossene of Clonmore
                * St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
                * St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
                * St. Eochaid of Uisneach
                * St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
                * St. Fintan of Bealach
                * St. Connat of Kildare
                * St. Cuan
                * St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
                * St. Fanchea of Rossory
                * St. Maelrhys
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                St. Beoc, Abbot
                ------------------------
                (also known as Beanus, Dabeoc, Mobeoc)
                5th or 6th century. Beoc was a Cambro-Briton, who crossed over from
                Wales to Ireland and founded a monastery on an island in Lough Derg,
                Donegal (Benedictines).

                St Daibheog of Lough Derg

                In the "Martyrology of Tallagh" we find this insertion : Aedh, Lochagerg,
                alias Daibheog. His name is Latinized Dabeocus, and he is frequently called
                Beanus.

                At a very early date, this saint lived on the island ; but for what term of
                life does not seem to have been ascertained. Few notices of the place occur
                in our ancient annals. We read, in the "Martyrology of
                Donegal," that Dabheog belonged to Lough Geirg or Loch-gerc, in Ulster.
                There, also, three festivals were annually held in his honour, namely, on
                the 1st of January, on the 24th of July, and on the 16th of
                December.

                According to St. Cummin of Connor, in the following translation from his
                Irish poem on the characteristic virtues of the Irish Saints :-

                "Mobeog, the gifted, loved,
                According to the Synod of the learned,
                That often in bowing his head,
                He plunged it under water."''

                Whether or not St. Patrick had any acquaintance with St. Dabeoc can hardly
                be discovered. But, we are told, while the latter, with his clerics, lived
                on the island, and when his vigils had been protracted to a late hour one
                night, a wonderful brightness appeared towards the northern part of the
                horizon. The clerics asked their master what it portended.

                " In that direction, whence you have seen the brilliant
                illumination," said Dabeog, 'the Lord himself, at a future
                time, shall light a shining lamp, which, by its brightness,
                must miraculously glorify the Church of Christ. This
                shall be Columba, the son of Feidlimid, son of Fergus,
                and whose mother will be Ethnea. For learning he shall
                be distinguished ; in body and soul shall he be chaste ;
                and he shall possess the gifts of prophecy."'

                See Colgan's "Trias Thaumaturga." Quinta Vita S, Columbae. Lib. i., cap. X,
                pp. 390, 391.


                St. Ossene of Clonmore, Abbot
                ------------------------
                St. Ossene, or Oissein, son to Ceallach, of Clonmore, County of Louth.
                [Sixth Century.]

                Both published and unpublished copies of the Tallagh Martyrology assign the
                1st day of January as a festival to Ossene, of Cluana Mor. This is the name
                of a parish and townland in the ancient territory of
                Cianachta Arda, It is known as Clonmore, in the present barony of Ferrard,
                county of Louth. Ossein, son to Ceallach, of Cluainmor-Fer-n Arda, according
                to the Martyrologies of Marianus O'Gorman and of Donegal, was venerated on
                this day. This saint flourished at an early period, since St. Columkille
                founded or repaired Cluain-mor-fernarda, in the territory of Bregia,and
                placed St. Ossin, or Osseneus over it. (O'Hanlon)


                St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
                ------------------------
                St. Colman Muilinn, of Derrykeighan, County of Antrim. [Fifth or Sixth
                Century.]

                From various accounts, it would appear, the Church of Derrykeighan must have
                been one of the oldest foundations in Ireland. Its first administrator is
                stated to have been brother to St. Mochay, who died
                towards the close of the fifth century. Colman Muilinn is simply entered in
                the "Martyrology of Tallagh," on this day. He belonged to a place known as
                Derrykeighan, in the county of Antrim, and within the
                diocese of Connor. Further particulars concerning him we read in the
                "Martyrology of Donegal."9 There it is stated that Colman Muilinn, of
                Doire-Chaechain," belonged to Dal-Riada, in Ulster. Bronach, daughter of
                Milchu," son to Buan, is said to have been his mother. We are informed,
                likewise, that it was in a mill St. Colman used to make obeisance to the
                brethren. No clue to the date of his death can be
                found in our Annals. (O'Hanlon)



                St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
                ------------------------
                St. Airmedach, Hermetius, or Ermedhach, Abbot of Craibhi-Laisre, probably
                Creevagh, near Clonmacnoise, King's County. [Seventh Century.]

                Airmedach, Abbot of Craibhi-Lasri, occurs at the 1st day of January, in the
                "Martyrology of Tallagh."' This saint is called Eirmbeadhach in the " Annals
                of the Four Masters." Marianus O'Gorman inserts this
                Hermetius in the Calendar at the 1st day of January. His birth may probably
                be referred to the early part of the seventh century. The "Martyrology of
                Donegal" mentions Ermedhach, Abbot of Craebh-Laisre,
                as having been venerated at this day. In a table appended, the name of this
                holy man is Latinized or Grecized, Hermes.The present saint died a.d. 681,
                according to the " Annals of the Four Masters," or a.d. 682, according to
                those of Ulster. Craebh-Laisre is said to be the name of a place near
                Clonmacnoise. Some doubt has been entertained as to whether this saint had
                been identical with a certain Hermetius, Bishop and Abbot of Clogher,
                mentioned in the "Tripartite Life of St. Patrick." He is said to have
                written Acts of the great Irish apostle. Craebh- Laisre means in English "
                Laisre's Bush," or " Branch," viz.,
                of the " Old Tree." (O'Hanlon)


                St. Eochaid of Uisneach
                ------------------------
                St. Eochaid, of Uisneach, or Usneagh, County of Westmeath.

                Eochaid's name, without any other description, is found in the "Martyrology
                of Tallagh" on to-day. There is a St. Eochod mentioned as a companion of St.
                Columkille ; but the present seems to have been a
                different person. A festival to Eochaid of Uisneach is entered at this date
                in the "Martyrology of Donegal." (O'Hanlon)


                St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
                ------------------------
                St. Scethe, or Sciath, Virgin and Patroness of Feart-Sceithe, now Ardskeagh,
                County Cork.

                Scethe, a virgin, from Fert Sceithe, is found on record in the "Martyrology
                of Tallagh," at the 1st day of January. From the "Martyrology of Donegal "
                we learn that veneration was given on this
                day to Sciath, virgin, and daughter to Meachair, of Feart-Sceithe, in
                Muscraighe-Aedha. St. Scethe belonged to the race of Conaire, son to
                Mogh-lamha, monarch of Ireland. Thus she was descended from the race of
                Heremon. The Church of Fiort-sceithe is placed by the Calendars of Marianus
                and of the Four Masters in Muscraighe-tri-maighe, or Muskerry of the Three
                Plains. It is known at present by the name of Ardskeagh, a small parish in
                that part of Fermoy barony bordering on the baronies of Orrery and Kilmore,
                county of Cork. (O'Hanlon)



                St. Fintan of Bealach
                ------------------------
                St. Fintan, son of Eochach, of Bealach. [Sixth or Seventh Century.]

                Fintan Mac Eochach, of Bealach, has been set down in the "Martyrology of
                Tallagh"' at the 1st of January." It is not easy to discover where the
                'bealach," meaning a " pass" or "road," lay. At this date the
                "Martyrology of Donegal " likewise registers Fuintain, son of Eochaidh,
                descended from the race of Laeghaire, son to Niall of the Nine Hostages. At
                the period of his death, which probably occurred
                sometime about the close of the sixth or beginning of the seventh century,
                he passed to a blessed life, promised to faithful servants, in the household
                of the Lord. (O'Hanlon)

                For the 6 Saints above refer to :
                http://www.archive.org/details/livesofirishsain01ohanuoft


                St. Connat (Comnatan) Virgin
                -----------------------------------------
                Died c. 590. Abbess of Saint Brigid's convent in Kildare (Benedictines).


                St. Cuan (Mochua, Moncan), Abbot
                ------------------------------------------
                6th century. An Irish abbot, who founded many churches and monasteries
                and who lived to be nearly 100 (Benedictines).


                St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
                ------------------------------------
                2nd century. Elvan and Mydwyn are said to have been the Britons sent by
                King Saint Lucius to Pope Saint Eleutherius to petition for missionaries
                to be sent to Britain (Benedictines).


                St. Fanchea (Fainche, Garbh) of Rossory, Virgin
                ---------------------------------------
                Died c. 585. Many amazing stories are related about her in the life of
                Saint Enda, who is generally regarded as the father of Irish
                monasticism. Fanchea was an early nun with special capabilities as a
                directress of souls. She is said to be a native of Clogher, who
                persuaded her brother, Saint Enda, to become a monk. She was the
                abbess-founder of a convent at Rossory, Fermanagh, and was buried at
                Killane (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                St. Maelrhys
                ------------------
                6th century. Maelrhys, a saint from the isle of Bardsey, was probably
                born in Brittany. He is venerated in northern Wales (Benedictines).


                Sources:
                ========

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

                Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, October. (1966).
                Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

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

                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 1 January HAPPY MMXIV =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Beoc of Lough Derg * St. Ossene of
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                  Celtic and Old English Saints          1 January
                   
                  HAPPY MMXIV
                   
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                  * St. Beoc of Lough Derg
                  * St. Ossene of Clonmore
                  * St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
                  * St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
                  * St. Eochaid of Uisneach
                  * St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
                  * St. Fintan of Bealach
                  * St. Connat of Kildare
                  * St. Cuan
                  * St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
                  * St. Fanchea of Rossory
                  * St. Maelrhys
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                  St. Beoc, Abbot
                  ------------------------
                  (also known as Beanus, Dabeoc, Mobeoc)
                  5th or 6th century. Beoc was a Cambro-Briton, who crossed over from
                  Wales to Ireland and founded a monastery on an island in Lough Derg,
                  Donegal (Benedictines).

                  St Daibheog of Lough Derg

                  In the "Martyrology of Tallagh" we find this insertion : Aedh, Lochagerg,
                  alias Daibheog. His name is Latinized Dabeocus, and he is frequently called
                  Beanus.

                  At a very early date, this saint lived on the island ; but for what term of
                  life does not seem to have been ascertained. Few notices of the place occur
                  in our ancient annals. We read, in the "Martyrology of
                  Donegal," that Dabheog belonged to Lough Geirg or Loch-gerc, in Ulster.
                  There, also, three festivals were annually held in his honour, namely, on
                  the 1st of January, on the 24th of July, and on the 16th of
                  December.

                  According to St. Cummin of Connor, in the following translation from his
                  Irish poem on the characteristic virtues of the Irish Saints :-

                  "Mobeog, the gifted, loved,
                  According to the Synod of the learned,
                  That often in bowing his head,
                  He plunged it under water."''

                  Whether or not St. Patrick had any acquaintance with St. Dabeoc can hardly
                  be discovered. But, we are told, while the latter, with his clerics, lived
                  on the island, and when his vigils had been protracted to a late hour one
                  night, a wonderful brightness appeared towards the northern part of the
                  horizon. The clerics asked their master what it portended.

                  " In that direction, whence you have seen the brilliant
                  illumination," said Dabeog, 'the Lord himself, at a future
                  time, shall light a shining lamp, which, by its brightness,
                  must miraculously glorify the Church of Christ. This
                  shall be Columba, the son of Feidlimid, son of Fergus,
                  and whose mother will be Ethnea. For learning he shall
                  be distinguished ; in body and soul shall he be chaste ;
                  and he shall possess the gifts of prophecy."'

                  See Colgan's "Trias Thaumaturga." Quinta Vita S, Columbae. Lib. i., cap. X,
                  pp. 390, 391.


                  St. Ossene of Clonmore, Abbot
                  ------------------------
                  St. Ossene, or Oissein, son to Ceallach, of Clonmore, County of Louth.
                  [Sixth Century.]

                  Both published and unpublished copies of the Tallagh Martyrology assign the
                  1st day of January as a festival to Ossene, of Cluana Mor. This is the name
                  of a parish and townland in the ancient territory of
                  Cianachta Arda, It is known as Clonmore, in the present barony of Ferrard,
                  county of Louth. Ossein, son to Ceallach, of Cluainmor-Fer-n Arda, according
                  to the Martyrologies of Marianus O'Gorman and of Donegal, was venerated on
                  this day. This saint flourished at an early period, since St. Columkille
                  founded or repaired Cluain-mor-fernarda, in the territory of Bregia,and
                  placed St. Ossin, or Osseneus over it. (O'Hanlon)


                  St. Colman Muilinn of Derrykeighan
                  ------------------------
                  St. Colman Muilinn, of Derrykeighan, County of Antrim. [Fifth or Sixth
                  Century.]

                  From various accounts, it would appear, the Church of Derrykeighan must have
                  been one of the oldest foundations in Ireland. Its first administrator is
                  stated to have been brother to St. Mochay, who died
                  towards the close of the fifth century. Colman Muilinn is simply entered in
                  the "Martyrology of Tallagh," on this day. He belonged to a place known as
                  Derrykeighan, in the county of Antrim, and within the
                  diocese of Connor. Further particulars concerning him we read in the
                  "Martyrology of Donegal."9 There it is stated that Colman Muilinn, of
                  Doire-Chaechain," belonged to Dal-Riada, in Ulster. Bronach, daughter of
                  Milchu," son to Buan, is said to have been his mother. We are informed,
                  likewise, that it was in a mill St. Colman used to make obeisance to the
                  brethren. No clue to the date of his death can be
                  found in our Annals. (O'Hanlon)



                  St. Airmedach of Craibhi-Laisre
                  ------------------------
                  St. Airmedach, Hermetius, or Ermedhach, Abbot of Craibhi-Laisre, probably
                  Creevagh, near Clonmacnoise, King's County. [Seventh Century.]

                  Airmedach, Abbot of Craibhi-Lasri, occurs at the 1st day of January, in the
                  "Martyrology of Tallagh."' This saint is called Eirmbeadhach in the " Annals
                  of the Four Masters." Marianus O'Gorman inserts this
                  Hermetius in the Calendar at the 1st day of January. His birth may probably
                  be referred to the early part of the seventh century. The "Martyrology of
                  Donegal" mentions Ermedhach, Abbot of Craebh-Laisre,
                  as having been venerated at this day. In a table appended, the name of this
                  holy man is Latinized or Grecized, Hermes.The present saint died a.d. 681,
                  according to the " Annals of the Four Masters," or a.d. 682, according to
                  those of Ulster. Craebh-Laisre is said to be the name of a place near
                  Clonmacnoise. Some doubt has been entertained as to whether this saint had
                  been identical with a certain Hermetius, Bishop and Abbot of Clogher,
                  mentioned in the "Tripartite Life of St. Patrick." He is said to have
                  written Acts of the great Irish apostle. Craebh- Laisre means in English "
                  Laisre's Bush," or " Branch," viz.,
                  of the " Old Tree." (O'Hanlon)


                  St. Eochaid of Uisneach
                  ------------------------
                  St. Eochaid, of Uisneach, or Usneagh, County of Westmeath.

                  Eochaid's name, without any other description, is found in the "Martyrology
                  of Tallagh" on to-day. There is a St. Eochod mentioned as a companion of St.
                  Columkille ; but the present seems to have been a
                  different person. A festival to Eochaid of Uisneach is entered at this date
                  in the "Martyrology of Donegal." (O'Hanlon)


                  St. Scethe of Feart-Sceithe
                  ------------------------
                  St. Scethe, or Sciath, Virgin and Patroness of Feart-Sceithe, now Ardskeagh,
                  County Cork.

                  Scethe, a virgin, from Fert Sceithe, is found on record in the "Martyrology
                  of Tallagh," at the 1st day of January. From the "Martyrology of Donegal "
                  we learn that veneration was given on this
                  day to Sciath, virgin, and daughter to Meachair, of Feart-Sceithe, in
                  Muscraighe-Aedha. St. Scethe belonged to the race of Conaire, son to
                  Mogh-lamha, monarch of Ireland. Thus she was descended from the race of
                  Heremon. The Church of Fiort-sceithe is placed by the Calendars of Marianus
                  and of the Four Masters in Muscraighe-tri-maighe, or Muskerry of the Three
                  Plains. It is known at present by the name of Ardskeagh, a small parish in
                  that part of Fermoy barony bordering on the baronies of Orrery and Kilmore,
                  county of Cork. (O'Hanlon)



                  St. Fintan of Bealach
                  ------------------------
                  St. Fintan, son of Eochach, of Bealach. [Sixth or Seventh Century.]

                  Fintan Mac Eochach, of Bealach, has been set down in the "Martyrology of
                  Tallagh"' at the 1st of January." It is not easy to discover where the
                  'bealach," meaning a " pass" or "road," lay. At this date the
                  "Martyrology of Donegal " likewise registers Fuintain, son of Eochaidh,
                  descended from the race of Laeghaire, son to Niall of the Nine Hostages. At
                  the period of his death, which probably occurred
                  sometime about the close of the sixth or beginning of the seventh century,
                  he passed to a blessed life, promised to faithful servants, in the household
                  of the Lord. (O'Hanlon)

                  For the 6 Saints above refer to :
                  http://www.archive.org/details/livesofirishsain01ohanuoft


                  St. Connat (Comnatan) Virgin
                  -----------------------------------------
                  Died c. 590. Abbess of Saint Brigid's convent in Kildare (Benedictines).


                  St. Cuan (Mochua, Moncan), Abbot
                  ------------------------------------------
                  6th century. An Irish abbot, who founded many churches and monasteries
                  and who lived to be nearly 100 (Benedictines).


                  St. Elvan and St. Mydwyn
                  ------------------------------------
                  2nd century. Elvan and Mydwyn are said to have been the Britons sent by
                  King Saint Lucius to Pope Saint Eleutherius to petition for missionaries
                  to be sent to Britain (Benedictines).


                  St. Fanchea (Fainche, Garbh) of Rossory, Virgin
                  ---------------------------------------
                  Died c. 585. Many amazing stories are related about her in the life of
                  Saint Enda, who is generally regarded as the father of Irish
                  monasticism. Fanchea was an early nun with special capabilities as a
                  directress of souls. She is said to be a native of Clogher, who
                  persuaded her brother, Saint Enda, to become a monk. She was the
                  abbess-founder of a convent at Rossory, Fermanagh, and was buried at
                  Killane (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


                  St. Maelrhys
                  ------------------
                  6th century. Maelrhys, a saint from the isle of Bardsey, was probably
                  born in Brittany. He is venerated in northern Wales (Benedictines).


                  Sources:
                  ========

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

                  Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints, October. (1966).
                  Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

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


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