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St. Eidin, who was the Patron Saint of Tumna Parish, Carrick-on-Shannon, founded her convent on the shore of Lough Eidin, now known as Drumharlow Lake, just two miles from the town. She died sometime before 700 AD, writes Martin Branagan.
In 1834, 11 purse gold balls believed to date back to 800 BC, were dug up near her convent ruins. Nine of the gold balls are on display in the National Museum of Ireland.
The 11 bright stones at the statue, which is located in the Riverfront Amenity Park, symbolise this find and also remind us of the prayer stones to be found at her tomb at Tumna. St. Eidin’d feast day is July 5th.
Sculptor: Will Fogarty (Fear na Coillte)
Martin Branagan is a co-founder of LeitrimExperience.ie and is passionate about promoting Leitrim as a tourist destination. Under the LoveLeitrim banner, Martin is touring the county in search of its hidden gems.
A Dubliner by birth and Leitrim resident by choice, Martin can be contacted on +353 (0)86 173 8417 for all advertising queries.
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