Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Saint Scannlach of Ard Scannlaighe, December 10

December 10 is the commemoration of an obscure female saint of County Meath, Scannlach of Ard Scannlaighe. The Martyrology of Donegal records:

SCANLACH, of Ard-Scanlaighe, in Cinel-Ardgail. She was of the race of Laeghaire, son of Niall.

The Martyrology of Gorman notes 'young gentle Scanlach whom I will praise' among the saints it lists for this day. Despite this lovely tribute we have few other details about our saint, although Pádraig Ó Riain's Dictionary of Irish Saints musters some interesting evidence from genealogical sources. This associates her with a grandfather called Colum Cúile, who is also regarded as a saint and with Saint Rónán of Dromiskin 

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