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The parish of Sithney (sometimes called St. Bartholomew) is situated in the deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. It is bounded on the north by Crowan, on the east by Wendron and Helston and the Looe Pool which separates it from Gunwalloe, on the south by the sea, and on the west by Breage. It is named after the patron saint of the church, who chose to be the patron saint of mad dogs (in preference to young women).
Today is the feast of Saint Sithney.
One day, many centuries ago, Saint Sithney was chatting with the Lord Almighty and God told him that he had been chosen to be the patron saint of girls seeking husbands. The disappointed saint replied to God that he would never get a moment's peace because he would be continuously plagued with prayers for good men, fine clothes and a multitude of other things. Saint Sithney said he didn't want this responsibility and would rather take care of mad dogs than desperate women.
God agreed and granted Saint Sithney his requested patronage and, ever since, sick, rabid or otherwise mad dogs have been given water from Saint Sithney’s well as a cure.
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