Friday, 30 November 2018


From Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy:

Dunshaughlin in the barony of Ratoath and within fourteen miles of Dublin St Secundinus who was a native of Gaul and a bishop about 439 fixed his residence at Dunshaughlin He is also named as a nephew of St Patrick by his sister Liemania St Seachnal or Secun dinus died in the year 448 and the seventy fifth of his age He was a very wise and holy prelate and the first bishop who died in Ireland AD 1026 Gearr an Choggay preyed and sacked this abbey On the next succeeding day he and his two brothers met their merited fate and were all three slain AD 1027 the abbot Donoghu esteemed the most learned philosopher in Ireland died at Cologne in Germany AD 1040 died the abbot Dermod O Seachnasy AD 1043 the abbey was destroyed by fire AD 1152 the sept of Hy Bruin plundered the abbey Feartachearbain near Tarah A St Cerban is mentioned as bishop of this place His death is assigned to the year 500 Nothing more is known of him Indenen in the territory of Bregia and in the neighborhood of Slane AD 849 Suarlech of Indennen attended a convention at Armagh with the clergy of Meath AD 902 died the abbot Ferghil who was bishop of Finnabrach AD 920 died the abbot Maolpoil MacAililla who was respected as a bishop anchorite and scribe and esteemed the most learned of the Northern Irish Innismochda near Slane was pillaged by the Danes AD 940

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Forgotten Saints

The Feast of the All the Saints of Ireland is celebrated on 6th November. Very many of the Saints of Ireland are still remembered by the people today but very many more are forgotten. This may be for two reasons, first, because of their multitude in number, since the celebration of the feast of each Saint of Ireland would surely deprive us of the opportunity to celebrate so many Saints on the Universal Calendar of the Church, and, secondly, because the brilliance of many outshines the luminous sanctity of so many more.

“Archbishop Usher, on the authority of some very old and authentic manuscript, which throws much light on our ancient ecclesiastical history, divides the saints who flourished in Ireland during the fifth, sixth, and seventh centuries into three classes.

Dr. Lanigan is of opinion that this catalogue was written before the year 715, the period at which the disputes about the tonsure and the Paschal cycle had concluded.

The first class consisted of one hundred and fifty bishops, who were all founders of churches and eminent for sanctity. Those bishops were Romans, Britons, Franks, and Scots (Irish)… This class was called most holy.

The second class commenced from the year 542, the latter end of the reign of Tuathal, and continued to AD 598 or 599. This class consisted of three hundred saints, few of whom were bishops, the greater part having been priests… This order was called very holy.

The third order of saints consisted or holy priests and a few bishops, in all one hundred in number, who dwelt in deserts, and lived on herbs, water, and alms… The first order (or class) most holy; the second very holy; the third holy. The first burns brightly like the sun, the second like the moon, and the third like the stars.”

From: The Diocese of Meath, Ancient and Modern, by Rev. A. Cogan, C.C., Published in Dublin, 1862.

However, these holy men and women should not be forgotten.

“…we are greatly helped not only by theological investigation but also by that great heritage which is the “lived theology” of the saints. The saints offer us precious insights which enable us to understand more easily the intuition of faith, thanks to the special enlightenment which some of them have received from the Holy Spirit…” John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 27

“The saints are like beacons; they show men and women the possibilities open to human beings. They are therefore also culturally interesting, independently of the cultural, religious or investigatory approach to them.” Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

We hope to restore to memory some of the Saints associated with the Diocese of Meath.