The legendary saint Piala (sometimes "Phiala") was a sister of Saint Gwinear, born to a pagan Irish king. The Victorian antiquary Sabine Baring-Gould believed that an Irish group, driven from their homeland in Ossory in the 5th century, invaded Penwith (=pen-gwaeth, the "bloody headland") in Cornwall, and that the legend of Gwinear and Piala was a distorted recollection of these events.
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