Tag Archives: Saints and Heroes

Kildare – St. Brigid’s Holy Well (Tobar Bride)

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Legend tells us that St Brigid was born near Kildare to a slave mother who was a Christian and very sickly. As a child, Brigid persuaded the Druid master to free her mother which in turn freed Brigid to enter … Continue reading

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St. Columba and Glencolumbkille

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Glencolumkille is a rural parish in southwest County Donegal.  It is most known for its pilgrimage that honors the patron saint and protector of Donegal, St. Columba.  There are many variations of his name (Columbkille, Colmcille).  The Pilgrimage of St. … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Knock – Apparitions in County Mayo

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On a rainy Thursday evening, August 21, 1879, in the small village of Knock, located in the Northwestern part of Ireland in County Mayo several villagers saw something strange at the back of the church.  Against the gable wall was … Continue reading

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Timoleague – Mystical Ruin on the Sea

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Along the road between Kinsale and Clonakilty, near Courtmacsherry is the village of Timoleague which is dominated by the great seaside abbey ruin, a remnant of a 13th century Franciscan Friary.  The abbey is built on the site of a … Continue reading

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Mount Brandon – Named for St. Brendan

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St. Brendan, one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, was a holy man and a navigator.  He was born and raised in the Dingle area, and  ordained a priest in 512 AD.  Brendan  was  founder of several monastic settlements in … Continue reading

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St. Gobnait’s Holy Well – Ballyvourney

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In the early 6th century when Gobnait fled her home in County Clare, she went to Inis Oírr. We don’t know why she fled, only that she believed she would find refuge in the Aran Islands. Legend states that an … Continue reading

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The Rock of Cashel

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The Pre-Christian and Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England had a keen sense for thin places. The landscape in these countries is littered with man-made markings and ruins that remind the passer-by that this is holy ground. The … Continue reading

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Ardmore in County Waterford – the Oldest Christian Settlement in Ireland

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Ardmore is a fishing village in County Waterford – just over the border from County Cork. It is the legendary home of St. Declan who is said to have settled there somewhere between 350 and 420 AD, bringing Christianity to … Continue reading

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