Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Feastday: March 16

Death: 620

From catholic.org

Saint Abban was the son of King Cormac of Leinster. He is listed as the nephew of St. Ibar.
He founded many churches in the old district of Ui Cennselaigh, in modern County Wexford and Ferns. His main monastery is Magheranoidhe, in Adamstown, Ireland.

Abban is also associated with Kill-Abban Abbey in Leinster, serving as abbot there until March 16, 620. H
e is revered in Adamstown, which was once called Abbanstown.


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St. SenanFrom catholic.org

Feastday: March 8

Saint Senan was born of Christian parents at Munster, Ireland. He was a soldier for a time and then became a monk under Abbot Cassidus, who sent him to Abbot St. Natalis at Kilmanagh in Ossory.

Saint Senan became known for his holiness and miracles and attracted great crowds to his sermons. He made a journey to Rome, meeting St. David on the way back. He built several churches and monasteries, and then settled on Scattery Island, where he built a monastery that soon became famous.

He died at Killeochailli on the way back from a visit to St. Cassidus monastery. His feast day is March 8.

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St. Brigid of IrelandFeastday: February 1

From catholic.org

Saint Brigid was born in Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship.

According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave at his court. Even as a young girl she evinced an interest for a religious life and took the veil in her youth from St. Macaille at Croghan and probably was professed by St. Mel of Armagh, who is believed to have conferred abbatial authority on her.

She settled with seven of her virgins at the foot of Croghan Hill for a time and about the year 468, followed Mel to Meath. About the year 470 she founded a double monastery at Cill-Dara (Kildare) and was Abbess of the convent, the first in Ireland.

The foundation developed into a center of learning and spirituality, and around it grew up the Cathedral city of Kildare. She founded a school of art at Kildare and its illuminated manuscripts became famous, notably the Book of Kildare, which was praised as one of the finest of all illuminated Irish manuscripts before its disappearance three centuries ago.

She died at Kildare on February 1. She is buried with St. Columba and St. Patrick, with whom she is the patron of Ireland. Her feast day is February 1.

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St. Colman of CloyneFeastday: November 24

Patron of Patron Saint of the Diocese of Cloyne and of its cathedral in Cóbh.
522 – 600

St. Colman of Cloyne was born in Munster, Ireland. He was the son of Lenin. He became a poet and later, royal bard at Cashel.

He was baptized by St. Brendan when he was fifty years old with the name Colman. He was ordained, and was reputed to be St. Columban’s teacher who feast was yesterday.

He became the first bishop of Cloyne, of which he is patron, in eastern Cork, Ireland.

He died on 24 November in 600, and his probable place of burial is Cloyne.

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St. BenignusFeastday: November 9

Died: 467

Saint Benignus was the son of Sechnaa, the psalm singer of St. Patrick. His father Sechnan was a chief in Meath, Ireland converted by St. Patrick.

Saint Benignus became a disciple of St. Patrick and succeeded him as the chief bishop of Ireland.

He converted the Irish in Clare, Kerry, and Connaught. Saint Benignus served as the superior of an abbey at Drumlease, erected by St. Patrick.

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St. ColumbaFeastday: June 9

Patron of Derry, floods, bookbinders, poets, Ireland, Scotland
521 – 597

St. Columba was an Irish abbot and missionary born in Donegal Ireland of royal descent. He studied at Moville under St. Finnian, then in Leinster at the monastery of Clonard under another St. Finnian. He was ordained before he was twenty-five and spent the next fifteen years preaching and setting up foundations at Derry, Durrow, and Kells.

Possibly because of a family feud which resulted in the death of 3000 and for which he considered himself partly responsible he left Ireland at 42 and landed on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. There he founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries.

With SS Canice and Comgall he spread the gospel to the Picts. He also developed a monastic rule which many followed until the introduction of St. Benedicts.

He died on Iona and is also known as Colm, Colum and Columcille. His feast is celebrated on June 9. He is remembered today as a Christian saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.

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Feastday: March 24

Died: 6th century

Very little is known about Saint Cairlon. He was the archbishop of Cashel, Ireland and restored to life by St. Dageus. Cairlon, also called Caorlan, was an abbot when St. Dageus brought him back to life. When he was appointed to the see of Cashel, Dageus and his monks placed themselves under his rule.


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