Thursday, 14 January 2016

Saint Luigbhe of Inismore, January 14

An island saint is commemorated on January 14, Luighbhe of Inismore. Canon O'Hanlon, in his account below, feels that this holy man may be connected with another saint we have already met on the blog at this date, Baetan of Inishbofin:

St. Lugeus or Luighbhe, of Inismore.

It seems likely this holy man had a residence on Inis-bo-finne; but it is not easy to fix the true period. A festival, in honour of St. Lugeus, of Inismor, is entered in the Martyrology of Tallagh, on the 14th of January. There are many islands bearing the name Inishmore in different parts of Ireland. According to the Martyrology of Donegal, on this day was venerated Luighbhe, but without any further distinctive adjunct to the simple entry of his name. From the manner in which the unpublished Martyrology of Tallagh connects St. Lugeus and St. Beatan, it seems probable that both belonged to Inis-bofinne, in the county of Mayo.

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