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Twenty Tales Of Irish Saints

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Bright jewels of Irish storytelling for children

Saints have over the years inspired many tales that go beyond what we know about them. These pious fictions are delightful and can even be instructive. For the lovely legends of the saints that have come down to us reflect not only the holiness but also the gaiety of the saints. These Irish legends are in that tradition. Patrick, Brigid, Columcille — “the three brightest jewels in Ireland’s crown” — are here, and Canice, Finbarr, Cormac, Finnian, Brendan, Gall, and others.

Here’s the moving story of what happened when Patrick baptized the daughters of the King of Connaught and the shocking tale of the spike that pierced Aengus, the courageous Prince of Munster, just as Patrick baptized him. You’ll read about the spilled jar of milk that led Adamnan to become the Abbot of Iona; how Colman’s alarm clocks (a mouse and a rooster) took turns waking him; and a dozen or so other charming tales.

Alice Curtayne brings to these legends of Irish saints a rich grasp and a deep love of the Catholic faith of her native Ireland. She has unerringly chosen stories which will appeal to readers young and old and she tells them with the poetry and feeling that mark the work of every true Irish storyteller.

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1928832385
9781928832386
176
8 3/5"  (21.8 cm) x 5 3/5"  (14.2 cm) x 0 1/2"  (1.27 cm)
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2004

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This item received 5 stars overall. Fun tales about Irish saints

I recently had the pleasure of reading Twenty Tales of Irish Saints by Alice Curtayne.  This book is a lovely collection of legends about some of Irelands saints.

I found all of the tales to be well written and quite delightful.  My nine year old daughter has been enjoying reading about Ireland's saints.  She's used to reading books about saints that are a bit more dry, so she was surprised at the lighter tone of this book.  Of course, just because this book is fun doesn't mean your child won't be learning about the saints.  Children who read these stories will still learn what makes these twenty saints so special and how they chose to serve our Lord.

This book is best suited to an older child who will happily read a book that isn't illustrated.  There are many  little illustrations worked into the capital letters that are " Full Review...

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St. Adamnan

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/23


Patron Of: Diocese of Raphoe, Ireland

Also known as
    Adomnan
    Eunan

Memorial
    23 September

Profile
    Distant relative of Saint Columba. Monk at Drunhome, Donegal, Ireland. Abbot of Iona in 679. President-general of all the Columban houses in Ireland. Evangelized throughout Ireland.

    Adamnan gave sanctuary to Prince Aldfrid when the throne of Northumbria was in dispute following the death of King Oswy. When Aldfrid became king in 686, Aldamnan secured the release of all Irish prisoners taken in the conflict, and visited the monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow.

    Persuaded by Saint Ceolfrid, Adamnan adopted the Roman calendar for determining Easter, and then worked for the adoption of many Roman liturgical practices in the Celtic region. This so displeased some brother monks at Iona that from 692 on, Adamnan rarely went there.

    Attended the Council of Birr and Synod of Tara in 697 at which he helped enact the Canons of Adamnan, laws that helped protect civilian and clerical populations in areas at war, prohibiting the murder or enslavement of non-combatant women and children. A noted scholar, he wrote the biography Life of Saint Columba in the late 680's, a work that survives today (see links below). He also wrote De locis sanctis (On the Holy Places), a popular description of Palestine based on the notes of and interviews with the Frankish pilgrim bishop Arculf. Renovated and revitalized the monastery of Raphoe, Ireland.

Born
    c.628 in Drumhome, County Donegal, Ireland

Died
    23 September 704 on Iona; relics brought to various Irish sites during the next century during peacemaking conferences; most destroyed during Danish incursions in 830 and 1030

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation

Name Meaning
    little Adam (Irish)

Patronage
    diocese of Raphoe, Ireland



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