For starters I'm about as catholic as the beetroot I grow, but I've always liked their idea of Patron Saints.
So it was that my daughter and I were discussing various Patron Saints and who did what. It was at this stage I remembered having read something about a Patron Saint for Gardeners which I've always felt pretty chuffed about that gardeners could be significant enough to attract their own saint.
Anyhow after some reliable internet research I discovered, to my surprise our (gardeners) Patron Saint for Gardeners is also the Patron Saint for Cabbies, well I'll be blowed, you could have knocked me down with a feather.
And who is this Saint, well let me introduce to you St. Fiacre
Now from what I can gather, from the reliable information available on the internet is that St. Fiacre started out life in Ireland in the seventh century.
He was raised in a Irish monastery which were known for their learning, including the use of healing herbs, as stuided by Fiacre. He lived here to avoid people so he could devote himself to God, but bolted for France after becoming to sought out as a herbalist, healer and a holy man.
I can't find out when or how he became a Saint if anyone has any knowledge of this process I sure like to know.
Apparently it was in France he did all his good work. You can find out more here, here and here.
They all say pretty much the same thing.
Now for the cabbie bit. This all came about because the Hotel de Saint Fiacre in Paris, France rented carriages. People who had no idea who Fiacre was referred to the cabs as "Fiacre cabs", and eventually as "fiacres".