Abbesse en Irlande (✝ 577)
Deirdre, Ida, Ide, Meda, Mida ou Ytha.
Elle est très populaire en Irlande.
Elle fonda le couvent de Hy Conaill dans le Limerick.
De nombreuses anecdotes sur sa vie sont peu plausibles.
Voir aussi sur le site St Patrick's church (en anglais)
Au monastère de Cluain Credal en Irlande, vers 570, sainte Ita, vierge, fondatrice de ce monastère.
Ita of Limerick V (AC)
(also known as Deirdre, Ida, Ide, Meda, Mida, Ytha)
Died c. 570. Saint Ita is the most famous woman saint in Ireland after Saint Brigid, and is known as the Brigid of Munster. She is said to have been of royal lineage, born in one of the baronies of Decies near Drum in County Waterford, and called Deirdre.
An aristocrat wished to marry her, but after praying and fasting for three days and supposedly with divine help, she convinced her father to allow her to lead the life of a maiden. She migrated to Hy Conaill (Killeedy), in the western part of Limerick, and founded a community of women dedicated to God, which soon attracted many young women. She also founded and directed a school. It is said that Bishop Saint Ere gave into her care Saint Brendan, who would become a famous abbot and missionary (though the chronology makes this unlikely). Many other Irish saints were taught by her for years. For this reason, she is often called "foster-mother of the saints of Ireland."
Brendan is supposed to have once asked her what three things God especially loved. She replied, "True faith in God with a pure heart, a simple life with a religious spirit, and open-handedness inspired by charity."
An Irish lullaby for the Infant Jesus is attributed to her. Saint Ita's legend stresses her physical austerities. The principle mark of her devotion was the indwelling of the Holy Trinity. Like other monastic figures of Ireland, she spent much time in solitude, praying and fasting, and the rest of the time in service to those seeking her assistance and advice.
She and her sisters helped to treat the sick of the area. Many extravagant miracles are also attributed to her including one in which she is said to have reattached the head to the body of a man who'd been decapitated, and another which claimed that she lived only on food from heaven.
Although her life is overlaid by much mythical material, because she has been so popular and her vita was not written for centuries, there is no reason to doubt her existence. There are church dedications and place names that recall her both in her birthplace and around her monastery. She is also mentioned in the poem of Blessed Alcuin, and her cultus is still vibrant (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney, Farmer, Montague, Riain, Walsh, White).