Thursday 17 January 2013

Saint Clairnech of Druim Bidhg, January 17

January 17 is the commemoration of an obscure saint, Clairnech of Druim Bidhg. His festival is first noted in the earliest of the surviving Irish calendars, the Martyrology of Tallaght, as Canon O'Hanlon explains:

A St. Clairnech of Druimbide is mentioned, on the 17th of January, in the Martyrology of Tallagh. There was a Druim-Beathaigh, extending across the plain of Maenmagh, near the town of Loughrea, in Galway county. Some similarity of sound can be traced in both denominations, yet the locality cannot be clearly ascertained. Clairenech, of Druim Bidhg, appears in the Martyrology of Donegal, on to-day. It is likely to have been that of this saint's demise and first birth in real bliss.

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