National Geographic : 1927 Mar
282 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE 2 velous. Wehadahostof : saints in Ireland, like Colum E kille and Brigit, and our her t 8 mits who lived in their beehive cells were innumerable. They = left Ireland for Cornwall, like ,- St. Piran, whose buried ora tory is called Perran Zabuloe, or St. Piran in Sabulo, prop o erly "in the sands," near New - 'quay ; like St. Mawgan. About these saints there is -~ the legend that they floated S across on millstones, which I take to be a vulgarization of the fact that they brought their altar stones with them, contain S ing relics of other holy ones. O. Brittany gives shelter to St. ~ Briac near Dinard; to St. " Ronan at Lacronon, in Finis 'tere; to St. Budoc at Plourin; E to St. Fiacre at Le Faouet. Sv The name Fiachar is still a <, not uncommon name in Ire " 2 land. The strange thing about , < o this Irish saint is that he gave z his name to the French cal). f vwhich might lead some foul. t=1 irreverent man to ask whether .... he, of all the Irish saints, did not float across to Brittany on his altar stone, but in some 4ao miraculous manner used the <2. traditional Irish jaunting car. - I- RICH MONASTERIES ATTRACTED ' 4 NORSE RAIDERS 8 " The monasteries and S churches founded by the Irish .~~Christians, such as the great . abbey of Clonmacnoise, drew = the eyes of the ravaging Norse " '; .men, and under their splendid S'leader, Thorkils, they made as thorough a conquest of the a 2 country as could possibly be 0 imagined. So It is a curious fact, but of foi the coins found in Ireland, t= there are none minted by Irish '. kings. Many bear the inscrip tion of Canute and Olaf. ... "Olaf i divielin," or Olaf in S~ Dublin.