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Moved from page (could be put on proper page dealing with heamorroids (or however its spelt)

Hemorrhoids have plagued human beings throughout history, perhaps beginning when we first assumed upright posture. Beginning in Medieval times, hemorrhoids were known as St. Fiacre's curse, and today hemorrhoid sufferers from around the world visit St. Fiacre's stone in order to obtain a miracle cure. St. Fiacre, also known as the patron saint of gardeners, was told he could farm all the land he could cultivate in a single day. He was given a particularly small shovel by a less then benevolent bishop. After a particularly long day of spading his garden, in order to obtain the maximum amount of land, he developed a terrible case of prolapsed hemorrhoids. Seeking a solution, he sat on a stone and prayed for resolution of his problems. This resulted in a miraculous cure and, according to legend, the imprint of St. Fiacre's hemorrhoids remains on the stone today. Hemorrhoid sufferers from all over the world continue to sit on this stone and pray for relief. . . --Light current 22:33, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

St Fiacre[edit]

Clontubrid was once a parish, though the parish church has long since disappeared, its site being just south of the present chapel. The patron of this parish was St. Fiachra, whose feast was celebrated locally on February 8th. His holy well, which gives Clontubrid it’s name, is a few yards from the sacristy of the present chapel. Over the wall is a small, and very ancient, stone roofed house. The walls were once faced with smooth-surfaced stones but most of these were taken away about 1800 by Caulfied Best, of Clone House. The only opening is a doorway in the East Side. The floor was formed by three flagstones and underneath these was the well. Carrigan gives the name of the well as Tobar a “dhithreabhaigh” (pronounced Thubberararoo) – "The Well of the Hermit", confirming a local tradition that the well house had been the cell of a hermit. There are several saints named Fiachra but only one was known as Dhithreabhaigh (Hermit), the Fiachra of Meaux, France. The Fiachra of Clontubrid and the Fiachra of Meaux must, therefore be the same person. This St. Fiachra was a native of northwest Connaght and also spent some time as a hermit at Kilfera, near Kilkenny, where a pattern of St. Fiachra was held annually on the first Sunday of August. There was a life-size stone statue at Kilfera, called “St. Fiacre’s Statue” and, up to the middle of the nineteenth century, a small stone cell similar to, but larger than, that at Clontubrid. The remains of this cell were destroyed in 1869 to erect a Purcell monument in the graveyard. It is, however, through his work in France that the greatest cult of St. Fiachra has developed. He arrived at the Diocese of Meaux, (east of Paris), about 626 and was given a hermitage by the local bishop. Fiachra became famous throughout France for this work with the poor and the sick, for this holiness, and for his remarkable cures. Two later French saints, St. John of Matha and St. Vincent de Paul regarded Fiachra as their inspiration and patron while two famous French churchmen – Bossnet, Bishop of Meaux and Cardinal Richelieu – were also devoted to the cult of Fiacre. These latter two had great influence with the French Royal Family and pilgrimages were often made by the Kings of France to the shrine of St. Fiachra. Louis XI renovated the shrine, placing on it the Royal Coat of Arms of France. Louis XIII and his Queen, Anne prayed to Fiachra for an heir. When their son was born, they regarded him as the answer to their prayers. This son was to become King Louis XIV. Tradition says that Louis XIII died holding a St. Fiachra medallion in his hand. Louis XIV and Louis XV were both cured of fistulae, (a type of ulcer), after praying to St. Fiachra. So many people were thus cured of this ailment that it is known in France as “La maladie de St. Fiacre”, (St. Fiacre’s ailment). King Henry V of England, after the Battle of Agincourt (1415), allowed his soldiers to vandalise the shrine of St. Fiachra at Meaux and carry off the relics of the saint, *************beyond the boundary of the monastery and the relics were returned. By a strange coincidence, Henry died later of haemorrhoids, a condition which was traditionally cured by praying to St. Fiacre. By an even stranger coincidence, Henry died on August 30th, the feast day of St. Fiachra. Not surprisingly, these events added to the reputation of St. Fiachra. Such is the extent of his cult in France that three French towns bear his name and thirty churches are dedicated to him. In Paris gifts of flowers are brought annually to the Church of St. Ferdinand on his feast day. The first public transport in Paris, horse – drawn cabs, used the Hotel St. Fiacre as their terminus. They became known as “fiacres” and taxis in France have been so-called ever since. Just for good measure, Fiachra is also the patron saint of French gardeners. Certainly a man who made good, in the best tradition of the Irish emigrant! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Adyanthaya (talkcontribs) 09:34, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

St.Fiacre is also known as PATRON SAINT OF PROCTOLOGY

This reference i got when i was going through a text book COLON,RECTAL AND ANAL SURGERY- Curranttechnique and controversies by Ira J Kodner, Robert D Fry John P Roe.

REF: Rachochot JE, Petourand CH, and Riovoire JOm: St. Fiacre. The healer of haemorrhoides and patron saint of proctology, Am. J. Procl. 22:175, 1971Adyanthaya 09:43, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

St. Fiacre[edit]

Adyanthaya 09:47, 9 September 2007 (UTC)St. Fiacre Abbot, born in Ireland about the end of the sixth century; died 18 August, 670. Having been ordained priest, he retired to a hermitage on the banks of the Nore of which the townland Kilfiachra, or Kilfera, County Kilkenny, still preserves the memory. Disciples flocked to him, but, desirous of greater solitude, he left his native land and arrived, in 628, at Meaux, where St. Faro then held episcopal sway. He was generously received by Faro, whose kindly feelings were engaged to the Irish monk for blessings which he and his father's house had received from the Irish missionary Columbanus. Faro granted him out of his own patrimony a site at Brogillum (Breuil) surrounded by forests. Here Fiacre built an oratory in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a hospice in which he received strangers, and a cell in which he himself lived apart. He lived a life of great mortification, in prayer, fast, vigil, and the manual labour of the garden. Disciples gathered around him and soon formed a monastery. There is a legend that St. Faro allowed him as much land as he might surround in one day with a furrow; that Fiacre turned up the earth with the point of his crosier, and that an officious woman hastened to tell Faro that he was being beguiled; that Faro coming to the wood recognized that the wonderworker was a man of God and sought his blessing, and that Fiacre henceforth excluded women, on pain of severe bodily infirmity, from the precincts of his monastery. In reality, the exclusion of women was a common rule in the Irish foundations. His fame for miracles was widespread. He cured all manner of diseases by laying on his hands; blindness, polypus, fevers are mentioned, and especially a tumour or fistula since called "le fic de S. Fiacre". His remains were interred in the church at Breuil, where his sanctity was soon attested by the numerous cures wrought at his tomb. Many churches and oratories have been dedicated to him throughout France. His shrine at Breuil is still a resort for pilgrims with bodily ailments. In 1234 his remains were placed in a shrine by Pierre, Bishop of Meaux, his arm being encased in a separate reliquary. In 1479 the relics of Sts. Fiacre and Kilian were placed in a silver shrine, which was removed in 1568 to the cathedral church at Meaux for safety from the destructive fanaticism of the Calvinists. In 1617 the Bishop of Meaux gave part of the saint's body to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and in 1637 the shrine was again opened and part of the vertebrae given to Cardinal Richelieu. A mystery play of the fifteenth century celebrates St. Fiacre's life and miracles. St. John of Matha, Louis XIII, and Anne of Austria were among his most famous clients. He is the patron of gardeners. The French cab derives its name from him. The Hôtel de St-Fiacre, in the Rue St-Martin, Paris, in the middle of the seventeenth century first let these coaches on hire. The sign of the inn was an image of the saint, and the coaches in time came to be called by his name. His feast is kept on the 30th of August.


Sorry, but I can't make any kind of sense out of the following sentence:

Fiacre lived in a hermitage on the banks of the Nore of which Kilfiachra, or Kilfera, County Kilkenny.

Since I don't know what it's trying to say, I'm editing it down to a wording that can be parsed:

Fiacre lived in a hermitage in County Kilkenny.

rowley (talk) 20:55, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Perhaps the previous wording was referring to living on the banks of the River Nore in Ireland? I note that while there is a Kilfera County, New South Wales in Australia that place does not appear to have ever been the home of St. Fiacre the seventh century Franco-Irish monk. (talk) 17:52, 13 October 2008 (UTC)


Would it be OK to have Fiaker redirect to this article? (talk) 17:55, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

Feast day[edit]

The Roman Martyrology of the Catholic Church has placed his feast day on August 30. Caeruleancentaur (talk) 18:11, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

The unsourced section on his feast needs weeding. Feast days are celebrated, not "debated". An "official compromise" is asserted, but no official document is referenced. I intend to shorten that section considerably. Rwflammang (talk)

Venereal disease=STD's?[edit]

Is this equivalent, meaning of this? A more modern term should be used (talk) 12:17, 8 September 2014 (UTC)