Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Nathy, or David, Priest in Ireland

photograph of a stained glass window of Saint Nathy, Collooney, County Sligo, Ireland; he is depicted as a bishop; window construction date unknown, photographer unknown; swiped off the web site of the diocese of Achonry, IrelandArticle

[patron of the Diocess of Achonry, anciently called Achad, in Ireland] Saint Finian, bishop of Clonard, built this church in 530, and gave it to his disciple Nathy, called also Dathy, which in Irish signifies David, a man of great sanctity. He is surnamed Comrah and Cruimthir. The former, Harris thinks, bears the sense of consecrated or elected. Cruimthir signifies in old Irish a priest, the same as saggart in modern Irish. In Saint Finian’s life he is only styled priest; but in Saint Fechin’s, prelate or abbot. Harris thinks he was raised to the episcopal dignity; but Colgan, with all ancient annals, calls him only priest, though this church was made a bishop’s see soon after his time. In the Annals of Ireland the bishops of Achonry are often styled of Luigny or Leny, from the little province or barony, in which Achonry is situated. The church is dedicated to the memory of Saint Nathy, and his festival is celebrated on the 9th of August. See Colgan in manuscripts on this day; and Ware.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Nathy, or David, Priest in Ireland”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 August 2016. Web. 22 August 2017. <>