Cumann na gClann Ui Thighearnaigh
The Tierney Clans Society
Clan Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 2 April 2001 – St. Tighearnach’s Cemetry
Clan Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 3 July 2001 – Patron Saint of The Tierney Clan
Clan Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 3 July 2001 – Believe it or not!! (Hoover Dam)
Clan Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 5 Jan 2002 – Clans Christmas Connection
St Tierney’s Cemetery
esteemed clan member Gilbert Tierney, France, mentioned
to me in a note that whilst traveling through the
My interesting Tierney this issue must be the Clan
Patron Saint. As promised I have a resume on St, Tighearnach (also
Tihernach or Tighernach). According to tradition he was the
illegitimate son of Derfraych the foster daughter of Eochaidh, a chieftain in
Tighearnach was captured by Welsh raiders
and taken to
On his return to
He was renowned for raising the dead to life, which he performed on several occasions. On one occasion he raised from the dead Eithne, daughter of the King of Munster, who had taken her own life because she had been unwillingly betrothed to a British prince. On another occasion it was no less a person than Duach, Archbishop of Armagh.
St. Tighearnach died at Clones in 549. The ‘Annals of Ireland’ writer by The Four Masters record the death of Diucuill, Abbot, inn 700 A.D. and in 714 A.D. they also record the death of another Abbot called ‘Cele-Tighearnach’ or, Servus Tighernachi’ or ‘the Servant of Tighearnach’, proving at what an early date the name of the founder, ‘Tighearnach’, became “invested with sanctity and honour”.
Of the monastery there survives a handsome carved High Cross, situated in the Diamond in Clones town, a Round Tower – now roofless, and fragments of a Romanesque church and a tomb, all described in the last issue.
The life of St. Tighearnach in Latin can be found in the ‘Acta Sanctorum’ at the 5th April, and on this day we celebrate his Feast-day, a special day for the Clan.
Whilst browsing through various books in an effort to learn about St. Tighearnach of Clones, I was amazed to come across not just one St. Tighearnach but several. The following is a list; St. Tighearnach of Doire-Melle (in Co. Leitrim) Nov. 4th; St. Tighearnach, priest Mar. 17th; Tighearnach Abbot of Killeigh who died in 805 A.D.; Tighearnach Abbot of Fennor died 837; Tighearnach Abbot of Dromiskin died 876; Tighearnach Boirceach Abbot of Moville died 1061; Tighearnach Uí Bhrian the Annalist died 1088. Not all were of the Tierney ‘Célte’, but we are pretty certain that St. Tighearnach of Clones was.
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Believe it or not!
The Hoover Dam is situated in
The dam controls floods while it stores water for irrigation, municipal, and industrial
uses. The dam also provides hydroelectric power
generation, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat.But,
more interesting than the facts and figures of the Hoover Dam’s construction are
the people who made the dam
possible – the workmen, and an interesting story of the first and last men to
die on the project. It goes something like this. On
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Our Christmas Connection!
Did you know that the Tierney Plant Badge is the Holly?
do not as yet know why this is so but the Holly was a very sacred tree in ancient
Celtic Ireland. Holly has been used as a decoration representing good will
and rejoicing throughout the ages. [Maybe this is why it is designated as
the Tierney plant. For doesn’t everyone know that we Tierneys are full of good
will towards all and we love to rejoice – give us any excuse for a party!] There are many legends about this
evergreen tree with its shiny leaves and bright red berries.
throughout the ages. [Maybe this is why it is designated as the Tierney plant. For doesn’t everyone know that we Tierneys are full of good will towards all and we love to rejoice – give us any excuse for a party!] There are many legends about this evergreen tree with its shiny leaves and bright red berries.
One legend associates the holly with the burning bush Moses encountered in the wilderness. Another tells us that Christ’s crown of thorns was woven from holly, and before the crucifixion the plant bore white berries, which later turner to crimson.
On the night that the holy family fled out of
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