Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Saint Sechnasach of Ceann-locha, July 30

At July 30 Canon O'Hanlon has a number of short entries for saints about whom not much is known, beginning with an abbot of Ceann-locha:

ST. SECHNASACH, ABBOT OF CEANN-LOCHA, OR KINLOUGH.

THIS saint belonged to the race of Laeghaire, son of Niall, according to the O'Clerys. According to Colgan, he was a priest at Durrow, in the King's County. We have already seen a place of this name, connected with a St. Siadhal Ua Commain, [feastday 8 March] conjectured to have been probably identical with Kinlough, at the north-western extremity of Lough Melvin, in the barony of Rosclogher, and County of Leitrim. Dr. O'Donovan states, there are several such denominations in Ireland. This day, the Martyrology of Donegal mentions, that a festival was celebrated in honour of St. Sechnasach, Abbot of Ceann-locha.

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