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Happy St. Gobnait’s Day!

St. Gobnait

St. Gobnait – Patron Saint of Bees and Beekeepers
The tall statue pictured above is of St. Gobnait in southwest Ireland (erected in the 1950s).
She appears with a nun’s habit standing on a bee hive surrounded by bees. [Featured art by sleekitbeastie]

 

“Saint Gobnait’s Day is Feb 11th is still celebrated by the community of Ballyvourney, in County Cork. During a Mass at the well, everyone takes water from it.

Gobnait (Gobnet, Gobhnet, Gobnaid, Gobnata, or Gobnatae), was born in County Clare, Ireland, sometime in the 5th or 6th century. Gobnait is Irish for Abigail (“Brings Joy”). As the patron saint of beekeepers, her name also has been anglicized as Deborah, meaning ‘Honey Bee’…

One of the miracles attributed to Saint Gobnait was that she protected a parish by unleashing a swarm of bees… She had a strong relationship with bees and used the properties of honey in the treatment of illness and healing of wounds.”

[via nbba.wordpress.com]

Chelsea McFarland

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