Saturday, 9 January 2016

Saint Suibhsech of Tirhugh, January 9

The name of an otherwise obscure Irish holy woman, Suibsech of Tirhugh, is recorded in the Irish calendars at January 9. Canon O'Hanlon begins on a pious reflective note in his account below and places our saint in County Donegal:

St. Suibhsech or Suabseg, Virgin, of Tirhugh Barony, County of Donegal.

Virgins are purchased from among men, the first fruits to God and to the Lamb. Undefiled those virgins follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. Suabseg, a virgin, is mentioned simply in the Martyrology of Tallagh, as having been venerated on the 9th of January. Again, Suibhsech, in Tir-Aedha, occurs in the Martyrology of Donegal, on this day. The old name of the territory has been converted into the modern denomination of Tirhugh barony, in the county of Donegal. There probably we must look for the exact locality where this saint was venerated as patron.

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