Athracht

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Athracht
Ballymote Church of the Immaculate Conception Apsis Right Window Saint Athracht Detail 2010 09 23.jpg
Born 6th century
Died 6th century
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast August 11
Patronage Tourlestrane, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Saint Athracht (Modern Irish Naomh Adhracht), in Latin sources Attracta, is the patron saint of the parish of Locha Techet (Lough Gara) and Tourlestrane, Co. Sligo, Ireland. Her legend states that she fled from home and took her vows as a nun under Saint Patrick at Coolavin. She then moved to Lough Gara, where she founded a hostel for travellers at a place now called Killaraght in her honor. The hostel survived until 1539.[1]

A local well is named after her, as is the new secondary school in Tubbercurry and the parish's second church in Kilmactigue.[2]

She lived in the sixth or seventh century. Local tradition remembers her great healing powers. Her convents were famous for hospitality and charity to the poor.

She was a brother of St Connell, who is associated with Conainne.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-14-051312-4.
  2. ^ St. Attracta - Catholic Encyclopedia article

References[edit]

  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 
  • Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-14-051312-4.