Two Irish Saints

 

 

Saint Athracht, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, County Sligo, Ireland

Saint Athracht, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, County Sligo, Ireland

 

Today is the feast of several female saints, including Saint Clare of Assisi and the martyrs Saint Susanna and Saint Philomena.  It is also the feast day of two Irish saints:  Saint Lelia (Liadhain) and Saint Attracta, Taraghta, Araght or Athracht, who took her vows under Saint Patrick.

Saint Attracta was a bit of a character, it seems; she founded a hospice for the sick at Lough Gara and was renowned for her charity, hospitality and powers of healing and miracle-working. When her half-brother, Saint Connell, upset her, she roundly cursed him ( been there…). Saint Connell was also associated with the female missionary Conainne, (also known as Dachonna), and Saint Senan, who slew a great sea-monster and got rid of a troublesome druid. Ireland is known as the ‘land of saints and scholars’. You can kind of see why…

 

 

 

 

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