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    Celtic and Old English Saints 1 January HAPPY MMXII =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Beoc of Lough Derg * St. Ossene of Clonmore
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      Celtic and Old English Saints         1 January
       
       
      HAPPY MMXII
       
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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
      ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤

    • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
      Celtic and Old English Saints 1 January HAPPY MMXIII =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Beoc of Lough Derg * St. Ossene of
      Message 2 of 14 , Dec 31, 2012
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        Celtic and Old English Saints          1 January
         
        HAPPY MMXIII
         
        =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
        * 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
        ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤

      • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
        Celtic and Old English Saints 1 January HAPPY MMXIV =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Beoc of Lough Derg * St. Ossene of
        Message 3 of 14 , Jan 2, 2014
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          Celtic and Old English Saints          1 January
           
          HAPPY MMXIV
           
          =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
          * 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:
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          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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