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St. Laurence O'Toole (1128-1180)

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Laurence O'Toole. Laurence was Archbishop of Dublin at the time of the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th cent having been previously a monk in the monastery he founded at Glendalough (below). He played a prominent role in the Irish Church Reform Movement of that time and mediated between the parties during and after the invasion. He was canonized in 1225 by Pope Honorius III.

Laurence is one of only 4 formally canonized Irish saints, the others being St. Malachy (1094-1148), St. Oliver Plunkett (1629-1681), and St. Charles of Mount Argus (1821-1893). All the other Irish 'saints', such as Saints Patrick, Brigid, and Colmcille, are saints, as it were, by acclamation of the local Church.


Glendalough means the 'glen of the two lakes'.


St William of Perth is our local saint. Sometimes known as the baker of Perth and credited with the invention of the baker's dozen (13).

I'm at present reading a new history of early modern Ireland for work purposes and Oliver Plunkett pops up a few times- betrayed to his death by his own people, which must be pretty embarrassing. It seems there was a lot of internal dispute on both sides of the confessional divide.

Edited at 2013-11-15 12:43 (UTC)
What a beautiful picture of Glendalough. I went there many, many years ago, and still remember it really well. A magical place.
That's interesting! I had no idea the other saints weren't canonized. Not to mention St Kevin...