Saturday, 8 February 2014

Saint Ternoc the Anchorite, February 8

Canon O'Hanlon has an entry on February 8 , for a saintly hermit who is associated with the area of the River Barrow:

St. Trenog or Ternoc, Anchorite, on the West of the River Barrow.

This holy man is entered, in the Martyrology of Tallagh, at the 8th of February, as Ternoc, Anchorita. From the latter adjunct, we may suppose he lived a solitary life. A later record spells his name somewhat differently, and it also vaguely defines his place. In the Martyrology of Donegal, there is recorded, on this day, a festival, for St. Trenog, an Anchorite, on the west of the Bearbha. This was the ancient name for the River Barrow; yet, although conjectures may be offered, regarding various old churches and former religious sites, at the direction indicated, such a description is still too indefinite, to discover the exact position of that place, where St. Ternoc or Ternog passed his hermit-life.

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