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Feast Day: February 11th

 

Patron of honey bees and beekeepers.

 

St. Abigail, more commonly known as St. Gobnait or Deborah, was a medieval Irish saint born around the 6th century in County Clare, Ireland.

Abigails family was always fighting so she ran away to an island.  An angel appeared to her to call her back inland to a place that would be marked with nine white deer. Abigail started her journey throught the southern costal counties. He way is now marked by churches and holy wells dedicated to her today. 

Abigail found her deer in Ballyvourney, County Cork, now known as St. Gobnet's Wood.

Abigail spent the rest of her life dedicated to Christian charitable work spending most of her time caring for the sick.

According to early Celtic folklore and religious symbolism, the soul departs from the body in the form of a bee or butterfly. So, it is not surprising that, given her deep Christian faith and belief in the Resurrection, Abigail also became a beekeeper.

It is said that she developed a powerful relationship with the bees and would use their honey to treat illnesses and heal wounds.

Abigail is also credited with saving Ballyvourney from the plague.

Abigail

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