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Life of St. Declan of Ardmore (Author: Patrick Power)

chapter 34

On a certain day Declan came to a place called Ait-Breasail and the dwellers therein would not allow him to enter their village; moreover they hid all their boats so that he could not go into his own island, for they hated him very much. In consideration however of the sanctity of his servant, who prayed in patience, God the All-Powerful turned the sea into dry land as you have already heard. Declan passed the night in an empty stable out in the plain and the people of the village did not give him even a fire. Whereupon, appropriately the anger of God fell on them, who had not compassion enough to supply the disciple of God with a fire. There came fire from heaven on them to consume them all (together with their) homestead and village, so that the place has been ever since a wilderness accursed, as the prophet writes: civitates eorum destruxisti, i.e. the dwellings of the unmerciful are laid waste.