Friday, 15 March 2013

The Three Daughters of Eltin, March 15


One interesting category of Irish saints are those grouped as 'sons of' or 'daughters of' a named individual. Sometimes the calendars record the names of the individuals who make up the group, but often they do not. We have one such group commemorated at March 15, the three daughters of Eltin, who are noted on the earliest of the surviving Irish calendars, the Martyrology of Tallaght, as Canon O'Hanlon explains:

THE THREE DAUGHTERS OF ELTIN.

In the Martyrology of Tallagh, at the 15th of March, we find the entry Tui [Tres?] inghen Eltine. The Bollandists note their feast, but remark, that elsewhere, except in the Irish Calendars, of Eltin and his daughters, they do not meet any account. On this day, a festival was celebrated to honour the three daughters of Eltin, as we read in the Martyrology of Donegal.

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