Saint Cera of Kilkeary, January 5
On January 5 we commemorate Saint Cera, patroness of the parish which bears her name at Kilkeary, County Tipperary. Canon O’Hanlon tells us what is known of the life of this holy woman and monastic foundress:
ST. CEARA, CIAR, CYRA, CIOR, OR CERA, VIRGIN, PATRONESS OF KILKEARY PARISH, COUNTY OF TIPPERARY.
St. Cera is said to have been a native of Muscraidhe Thire but in what particular part of the present baronies of Upper and Lower Ormond, in Tipperary county, she was born has not transpired. As she grew, however, the fame of her sanctity and miracles became widely known. A miracle having reference to her is introduced by Colgan, in which it is stated, that at the request of St. Brendan, patron of Clonfert, this holy virgin, St. Cera, by her prayers extinguished a pestiferous fire which had broken out in the region of Muscraidhe Thire.” Her reputation for piety soon drew many virtuous persons to imitate her example. She was then induced to erect a nunnery, which took the name of Cill Ceire from her. It is now known as Kilkeary, near Nenagh, in the barony of Upper Ormond, county Tipperary. Here she governed a community of nuns, but not so early as the sixth century.
Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Saint Cera of Kilkeary, January 5. 2017. Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Saint Cera of Kilkeary, January 5. [ONLINE] Available at: http://omniumsanctorumhiberniae.blogspot.com/2013/01/saint-cera-of-kilkeary-january-5.html. [Accessed 06 January 2017].