Saturday 4 April 2015

Saint Gallus of Loch Techet, April 4

At April 4, Canon O'Hanlon brings details of a lake-dwelling saint, Gallus of Loch Techet:

St. Gallus, of Loch Techet, now Lough Gara, Counties of Roscommon and Sligo.

A distinguished statesman has observed, that there is no greater folly being circulated on the earth, than a disposition to undervalue the records of the past, and to break the links, which united human beings of the present day, with the generations that had been called to their account. The Martyrology of Tallagh, at the 4th April, inserts the notice, Gall, Locha Teiget. This lake, at present, is known as Lough Gara, or Lough O'Gara, near Boyle, and on the borders of the counties of Roscommon and Sligo. The river Boyle has its source from this lake. We are informed, that St. Patrick, while in Connaught, resolved to visit Moylurg, and that passing through Bearnas Hua Noililla, or the gaps of Collooney, he moved onward towards the River Buill—now the Boyle—which takes its rise in Loch Techet.' According to the Martyrology of Donegal, on this day was venerated Gallus, of Loch Techet, and in the Bollandists' work  he is likewise commemorated.

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