January 1 : Fanchea of Rossory

Fanchea of Rossory (a.k.a. Fainche, Garbh) 

Died c. 585. Many challenge the existence of Fanchea because of the fantastic stories related about her in the life of Saint Enda, who is generally regarded as the father of Irish monasticism. Others argue that it is possible to set aside items of a fabulous character and to see her as an early nun with special capabilities as a directress of souls. In either case, Fanchea is said to be a native of Clogher, who persuaded her brother, Saint Enda, to become a monk. She was the abbess-founder of a convent at Rossory, Fermanagh, and was buried at Killane (Benedictines, Encyclopedia, Montague).