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Laa’l Breeshey – St Bridget’s Day

It was customary to keep this festival on the eve of the first of February, in honour of the Irish lady who came over to the Isle of Man to receive the veil from St. Maughold. The custom was to

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Saint Bridget’s Night

A way back in the times long past there was a woman called Nan Quine living with her husband Tom, and their one child Paie, in a bit of a croft on the track that goes up from the shore

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Invocation to Saint Bridget

As Laa’l Breeshey (St Bridget’s Day) approaches on 1st February, here is a Manx Folksong ‘Invocation to St Bridget’. The first link provides the sheet music and words. The second and third links are two sound files where you can

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Laa’l Breeshey – St Bridget’s Feast Day

It was customary to keep this festival on the eve of the first of February, in honour of the Irish lady who came over to the Isle of Man to receive the veil from St. Maughold. The custom was to

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St Maughold, Patron Saint, Isle of Man

JULY 31st – LAA’L MAGHAL TOSHEE – FIRST FEAST-DAY OF MAUGHOLD There were two days on the Manx Calendar dedicated to St. Maughold.  July 31st was known as “Laa’l Maghal Toshee,” “Maughold’s chief (or foremost) feast-day” and November 15th as

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Peel Island and the Shrine of St. Mochonna

Saint Conan (7th century – January, 684), also rarely known as Saint Mochonna, was a bishop of the Isle of Man and an Irish missionary. Extract from a report by PMC Kermode to the IOM Natural History & Antiquarian Society

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The Coming of Saint Patrick

It was the time that Saint Patrick was coming on horseback to Mann, over the sea from Ireland. When he drew near to the land, Manannan Mac y Leirr, that great wizard that was ruler of Mann, put a charm

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Saint Oran of Iona & Mann

Oran (aka Odhrán or Odran) preceded Saint Columba and is a descendant of Conall Gulban a 5th century Irish King who founded the kingdom of Tír Chonaill. His death is recorded in 548 and his grave was greatly revered in

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Parish of Kirk Conchan

The patronal saint of this parish was St. Christopher, but he was better known in Ireland under his Gaelic name ‘Conchenn’, meaning ‘dog-head’ or ‘wolf-head.’ In the Greek churches St. Christopher was usually depicted with the head of a dog

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