OUR NAME

TADÁIAS

We are often asked the origins of our name TADÁIAS and how to pronounce it.  TADÁIAS is the Irish translation of Thaddeus and can be broken down to ‘TA-DAY-AS’. Which is a male given name, originating for Thaddeus Jude who was one of the 12 apostles, and ‘Patron Saint of Lost Causes’.

 

TADÁIAS is the middle name of founder Thomas McLaughlin, which means a ‘Courageous heart not deterred by danger or pain’ which we believe is needed when taking on the challenges involved in road cycling. Road racing is the toughest and most beautiful sport in the world and everything Tadáias does is designed to honour that endeavour.

Most versions of the New Testament in languages other than English and French refer to Judas and Jude by the same name. Saint Jude is venerated as the "patron saint of lost causes", this practice stems from the belief that few Christians invoked him for misplaced fear of praying to Christ's betrayer Judas Iscariot, because of their similar names.

According to tradition, after his martyrdom, pilgrims came to his grave to pray and many of them experienced the powerful intercessions of St. Jude. Thus the title, 'The Saint for the Hopeless and the Despaired'. St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Brendan had visions from God asking each to accept St. Jude as 'The Patron Saint of the Impossible'.

 

According to tradition, Saint Jude suffered martyrdom about 65 AD in Beirut, in the Roman province of Syria, together with the apostle Simon the Zealot, with whom he is usually connected.

He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head. This represents his presence at Pentecost, when he received the Holy Spirit with the other apostles.

 

His feast day is 28th October

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