Saint Attracta of Killaraght

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Attracta of Killaraght, left part of the right window of the apse behind the altar, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, County Sligo, Ireland; artist unknown, date unknown; photographed by Andreas F. Borchert on 23 September 2010; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Abaght
  • Adhracht
  • Araght
  • Athracta
  • Taraghta
  • Tarahata



Daughter of an Irish noble. Drawn from an early age to a religious vocation, which was opposed by her family. Made her religious vows to Saint Patrick at Coolavin, Ireland. Worked with Patrick for the conversion of Ireland. Anchoress at Drumconnell, County Roscommon. At Killaraght (Cill Attracta) on Lough Gara she founded a hospice that still existed as late as 1539. Founded several churches and convents in County Galway and County Sligo. The convents were known for their care of the sick, and were traditionally built at crossroads so they would available to more travellers. Miracle worker, and noted healer. A healing well with her name survives at Clogher, Monasteraden; it has a reputation for especial powers against warts and rickets. Incredibly popular in her own day and in the Middle Ages when popular (i.e., fantastic) biographies of her circulated.





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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Attracta of Killaraght“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 November 2020. Web. 28 November 2021. <>