St Gobnait's Day
- Monday February 11, 2013 | Updated on Tuesday February 12, 2013
- Mark Nolan
Here’s an interesting article from Green Jam Jar (doodles and tips for a greener life) about St Gobnait, an Irish saint with a passion for bees. Also sounds like they came in very handy in times of crisis…
Typical of the ecclesiastical records of the era, lots of miracle-embellished stories survive where Gobnait and her superhero bees save the day. One story tells of how one of her hives transformed into a gold helmet while her bees morphed into soldiers to successfully chase off marauding cattle thieves.
As with many great stories most likely there is a grain of truth lurking in there somewhere. I imagine St Gobnait was a kind, formidable lady, fiercely protective of her flock – she was obviously well revered. Her fondness for bees suggests a calm and gentle character. She has a considerable fanbase outside of the Catholic Religion. Her spirit lives on in apiary circles where she has become quite an icon. In this age, where bees need all the nurturing they can get, anyone who inspires beekeepers to continue their amazing work has earned their sainthood several times over. Everybody needs a hero and in this case St Gobnait fits the bill nicely!