Friday, 7 March 2014

Saint Metan of Tuaim-atha, March 7

On March 7 the earliest of the Irish calendars, the Martyrology of Tallaght, records the name of a female Irish saint about whom no other information seems to have survived. Canon O'Hanlon brings us these few details about Saint Metan:

St. Metan or Meattan, Virgin, of Tuaim-atha.

The entry, Metan o Thuaim athi, appears in the Martyrology of Tallagh, at the 7th of March. Marianus O'Gorman has a like notice, while the Bollandists allude to the circumstance, that her place and history are unknown. The Martyrology of Donegal mentions, likewise, Meattan, Virgin of Tuaim- atha, as having a festival on this day. The word, Tuaim, usually Anglicised, Toom, enters into the composition of many local denominations, in Ireland.

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