Saint Carthage of Lismore
|Born||c. 555, County Kerry Ireland|
|Died||14 May 637, Lismore Ireland|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Patronage||Patron of Lismore|
Saint Mochuda (also known as Carthage of Lismore or Carthage the Younger) was an Irish bishop and abbot of the sixth and seventh centuries. County Kerry ( Contae Chiarraí in Irish) is a southwestern county of Ireland. Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world Events 1264 - Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured in France making Simon de Montfort the Events By Place Europe Battle of Mag Rath Dál Riata influence in Ulster is greatly reduced or ended Lismore ( Lios Mór in Irish, meaning "Great Enclosure" is a town in County Waterford, Ireland. Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world The Calendar of saints is a traditional Christian method of organizing a Liturgical year on the level of days by associating each day with one or more Saints Events 1264 - Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured in France making Simon de Montfort the The patron saint of a particular group of people is a Saint who would protect and 'love' the group and its members Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world A bishop is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight The word abbot, meaning Father, is a title given to the head of a Monastery in various traditions including Christianity. His feast day is May 14. The Calendar of saints is a traditional Christian method of organizing a Liturgical year on the level of days by associating each day with one or more Saints Events 1264 - Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured in France making Simon de Montfort the
Carthage was born in what is now County Kerry, Ireland, about the year 555. County Kerry ( Contae Chiarraí in Irish) is a southwestern county of Ireland. Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world He spent his youth as a swineherd near Castlemaine, and became a monk in a neighbouring monastery under the guidance of St. Carthage the Elder, subsequently being ordained a priest. Saint Carthage the Elder (or Carthach) was an Irish Bishop and Abbot in the Sixth century. In 580 he determined to lead a hermit's life, and he built a cell at Kiltallagh, where his fame soon attracted pilgrims. After a few years, the jealousy of two neighbouring abbots (or bishops) forced him to leave his hermitage. He then proceeded on a visit to Bangor, where he spent a year. On the advice of St. Comgall he returned to Kerry and founded churches at Kilcarragh and Kilfeighney. Saint Comgall, an early Irish saint was the founder and abbot of the great Irish monastery at Bangor (located in present day Northern Ireland) who flourished in He then visited Waterford, Clonfert-molua (Kyle), and Lynally, whence, on the recommendation of Saint Elo Colman, he settled at Rahan, near Tullamore, in the present County Offaly. Waterford ( or Windy fjord;) is a city in Ireland. It is the primary city of the South East region and the fifth largest in the country Saint Elo Colman ( 555 - 26 September, 611) was born in Glenelly, Ireland in what is now County Tyrone. Tullamore ( Tulach Mhór in Irish) is a town in County Offaly, in the midlands of Ireland. County Offaly (Contae Uíbh Fhailí is a County in Leinster, Ireland, bordered by seven other counties Galway, Roscommon, Westmeath
St. Carthage then founded a monastery of Rahan about 590, and soon had c. 100 of disciples. He was consecrated Abbot-Bishop of the Fercal district, and composed a rule for his monks, an Irish metrical poem of 580 lines, divided into nine separate sections -- one of the most interesting literary relics of the early Irish Church. Numerous miracles are also attributed to him.
At length, Blathmaic, a Meathian prince, instigated by the neighbouring monks, ordered St. Carthage to leave Rahan. This expulsion of the saint and eight hundred of his community took place at Eastertide of the year 635. 600s;601 Probable year in which Colmán mac Cobthaig, Uí Fiachrach becomes king of Connacht. Journeying by Saigher, Roscrea, Cashel, and Ardfinnan, St. Roscrea ( Ros Cré in Irish) is a small town in County Tipperary, Ireland, located near the midlands Carthage at length came to the banks of the River Blackwater, where he was given a foundation by the Prince of the Decies, and thus sprang up the episcopal city of Lios-mor, or Lismore, County Waterford. A blackwater river is a river with a deep slow-moving channel that flows through forested Swamps and Wetlands. Lismore ( Lios Mór in Irish, meaning "Great Enclosure" is a town in County Waterford, Ireland.
Although Rahan had become quite famous, it was eclipsed by the fame of the new monastery at Lismore, even though Carthage lived less than two years at his new foundation. He spent the last eighteen months of his life in contemplation and prayer, in a cave near the present St. Carthage's Well. When at the point of death, he summoned his monks and gave them his farewell exhortation and blessing. Fortified by the Body of Christ he died on the 14th of May, 637, on which day his feast is celebrated as first Bishop and Patron of Lismore. Body of Christ is a term of Christian Theology, implicitly traceable to Jesus 's statement at the Last Supper that "This is my body" 600s;601 Probable year in which Colmán mac Cobthaig, Uí Fiachrach becomes king of Connacht. Short as was St. Carthage's stay in Lismore, he left a great impression of his labours in a famous abbey, cathedral, and fledgling university.
Carthage was known for his transcendent virtue, and to guard it he practised the severest penances. On this account St. Cuimin of Connor thus writes of him in an Irish quatrain:
Usher had two manuscript copies of the Irish life of St. James Ussher (sometimes spelled Usher) (4 January 1581–21 March 1656 was Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Carthage; and in 1634 Philip O'Sullivan Beare sent a Latin translation to John Bollandus. Philip O'Sullivan Beare ( Irish: Pilib Ó Súilleabháin Béirre c The "Vita Secunda" is the one usually quoted. In 1891 the present writer discovered the site of the Relig Mochuda in which St. Carthage was buried. His Life is preserved in both a Latin and Irish version; the latter was translated into English by Rev. Hagiography ( is the study of Saints. A hagiography, from Greek (hağios (ἅγιος "holy" or "saint" and graphē (γραφή Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. Irish (ga ''Gaeilge'' is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States P. Power in 1914. Year 1914 ( MCMXIV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year
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