Mac Reithe of Kilmacrehy

Other names

Mac Croidhe Ailbh (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 421); Mac Creiche (ibid)


Mac Reithe's name historically meant ‘ram’s son’ but it came to be understood both as Mac Creiche ‘son of plunder’ and also as Mac Croidhe Ailbh ‘ son of Ailbhe’s heart’. The genealogy attached to Mac Reithe son of Ainghin (Mac Reithe m. Angáin, CGSH 695) probably relates to the same cult. His feast day is sometimes given as 11th Aug (eg Mart. Do.), but this is a mistake. The saint of 11 Aug is ‘a cook named ‘Mac Rith’, who reputedly served Mochta of Louth’ (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 420-23).



Source for saint


A Dictionary of Irish Saints


Related Saints

Belongs to the group Crítán, Mo Chrítóc, Mac Reith, Mac Rithe (ns)

Sometimes confused with Óengus servant of Mochta

Ó Riain, Dictionary, 420-423