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Muirchú's Life of Patrick (Author: Muirchú maccu Machtheni)

Chapter 9


I 25 (23) = B II 5. (1) Once on a Sunday holy Patrick, resting above the seashore beside a marsh which is a short distance to the north of Druimm Bo, heard a loud noise of pagans working on Sunday and digging the moat of a rath. (2) Patrick sent for them and forbade them to work on Sunday. They, however, did not heed the words of the holy man, but even laughed at him and jeered. (3) And holy Patrick said: ‘Mudebroth, in spite of all your labour you shall achieve nothing.’ And so it happened. The following night there came a heavy storm and stirred up the sea, and the storm destroyed all that the pagans had done, as the man of God had said.