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. She was a sister of Bishop Conal of Drumconnell. Her feast day is August 11.

Athracht
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Born6th century
Died6th century
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
FeastAugust 11
PatronageTourlestrane, Co. Sligo, Ireland

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LifeEdit

A native of County Sligo, Athracht resolved to devote herself to God, but being opposed by her parents, fled to south Connacht and made her first foundation at Drum, County Roscommon, where her brother Conal had established a church. The place came to be called Drumconnell. From there she removed to Greagraighe or Coolavin, County Sligo.[1] Her legend states that she 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 honour. The hostel survived until 1539.[2] She was known for her charity and the hospitality extended to travelers and the homeless.[3]

She lived in the sixth century, and is associated with Conainne. Local tradition remembers her great healing powers. Her convents were famous for hospitality and charity to the poor.

LegacyEdit

A local well is named after her, as is the new secondary school in Tubbercurry and the parish's second church in Kilmactigue.[1]

St. Attracta's Senior School, Dublin is named after her.[4]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Grattan-Flood, William. "St. Attracta." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 28 Oct. 2014
  2. ^ Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-14-051312-4.
  3. ^ Hutchison-Hall, John (Ellsworth). Orthodox Saints of the British Isles, Volume III, St. Eadfrith Press, 2014 ISBN 9780692257661, p. 109
  4. ^ Scoil Shinsireach Naomh Athracht Archived October 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine

ReferencesEdit

  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainFlood, William Henry Grattan (1907). "St. Attracta" . In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. 2. New York: Robert Appleton.
  • Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-14-051312-4.