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 Saint Gobnait

Saint Gobnait

Birth
County Clare, Ireland
Death unknown
Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland
Burial Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland
Memorial ID 57994901 · View Source
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Saint Gobnait is believed to have lived in the 6th century. Born in Co. Clare, she went/fled to the Aran Islands where she received her education from St. Enda.
There is a church dedicated to her at Kilgobnet, on Inisheer island. [Kilgobnet, translating from Irish, Cill meaning a church]
Having travelled much of South Munster, she came to Ballymakeera near Ballyvourney where she saw six white deer. On coming to a place overlooking the River Sullane, she saw a herd of nine white deer grazing. Taking this as a sign, she founded her convent here.

A large statue of Gobnait, made by the renowned sculptor Seamus Murphy RHA,[1907-1975] was erected in the Holy Year, 1950, close to the monastic cell that she is believed to have lived in.
She is the patron saint of Bees and Bee-keepers. The statue has her placed atop a hive, with bees surrounding the base.

Saint Gobnait's Feast Day is February 11th.




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  • Created by: John
  • Added: 1 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57994901
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Saint Gobnait (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57994901, citing Saint Gobnait's Cemetery, Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland ; Maintained by John (contributor 47032041) .