Monday, 1 December 2014

Saint Mac Cainne, December 1

We begin the month of December with the commemoration of a saintly bishop, Mac Cainne (Mac Coinne) who is also associated with a locality in the calendars. The Martyrology of Donegal records:


Bishop MAC CAINNE, of Ath-da-laarg, by the side of Cenannus.

The Martyrology of Gorman, in its entry for the day records 'the great bishop Mac Cainne' with a footnote adding 'from Áth da laarg beside Cenannus'. 

The earlier Martyrology of Oengus locates our bishop at 'Áth dá loarc beside Kells', which places him in County Meath.

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