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St. Fiacre is an Irish saint who spent much of his time in France in order to gain greater solitude in which to devote himself to God. Fiacre left Ireland for Meaux, France, where he met St. Faro who was the bishop there.
Faro gave him land in Breuil, but told him he could only have as much land as he could turn up in a day. It is said that Fiacre was able to turn the top layer of soil with just the point of his staff and clear the ground of trees and briers. On this cleared land, he was able to build for himself a little cell, a garden used to grow food for the poor, an oratory for the Blessed Virgin, and a hospice for travelers.
It is said that a woman from the village witnessed Fiacre clearing the land with just the point of his staff, thought it might be witchcraft, and complained to St. Faro. After this event, Fiacre banned women from his hermitage. This did not stop many people from seeking his advice, and he became quite popular in the area.
The little village Fiacre settled in was eventually called Saint-Fiacre in dedication to him. In the middle of the seventeenth century, the Rue Saint-Martin in Saint-Fiacre was the first to let coaches on hire near the hotel Saint-Fiacre--which is why French taxi cabs are called fiacres.
St. Fiacre is depicted in his garden, often with gardening tools like a shovel, spade, watering can, and a basket of fruits and vegetables.
St. Fiacre is the patron saint of gardeners, box makers, florists, tilemakers, taxi-cab drivers, and those suffering from infertility.