BRENDAN (Saint) Abbot. (May 16) (6th century) A celebrated Irish monk, a disciple of Saint Finnian at Clonard, and of Saint Gildas of Llancarvan Abbey in Wales. There Saint Brendan had Saint Malo among his own disciples. He died at the age of ninety-four (A.D. 578) at Enachduin in Connaught. He founded several schools and monasteries, among them the famous Abbeys of Ardfert and Clonfert, and wrote a monastic Rule remarkable for its austerity. Saint Brendan’s celebrated voyage to the West, resulting in his discovery of America, the “Land of Promise,” is, by many, not without some evidence, upheld as an historical fact. It certainly cannot lightly be rejected as a mere myth, though it had no immediate results.