Monday, 30 December 2013

Saint Connla of Rúsgach, December 30


December 30 is the feast of Saint Connla, described in the Martyrologies as a Bishop of Rúsgach. Unfortunately, apart from discovering that this locality was identified by 19th-century scholar John O'Donovan as Rooskagh, a townland in the barony of Moycashel, County Westmeath, I have been unable to find out any further details. The Martyrology of Donegal records:

30. G. TERTIO KAL. JANUARII. 30.

CONNLA, Bishop of Rúsgach.

Our saint is not the only one associated with this locality to be recorded in the Martyrology of Donegal, for on August 20 one of the saints commemorated is:

MOTRENÓG, son of Aenghus, Abbot, of Rúsgach.

The commemoration of a bishop and an abbot clearly indicates that there must have been a monastery at this site, I will hope therefore to be able to find out something more about this foundation.

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