Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Fedlimid, or Felimy, Bishop of Kilmore, Confessor in Ireland

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He lived in the sixth century, and is said to have been brother to Saint Dermod, abbot of Iniscloghran. He died on the 9th of August, and seems the same whom the registry of Clogher styles bishop of Cluain or Clunes, near Lough-Erne, and says he was buried there near Saint Tigernagh, first bishop of that see. These two brothers were contemporary with Saint Kiaran of Clonmacnoise, who died in 549, and with Saint Senan, who died in 544. Saint Fedlimid was bishop of Kilmore, which name signifies great church or cell, though the bishopric was only fixed at Kilmore in the great church of Saint Fedlimid there, (which was before only parochial, but is now the cathedral,) by the confirmation of Pope Nicholas V in 1454, and is often styled Brefiniensis or Triburnensis, because it was before settled at Brefiny or Brefne, and afterwards at Triburna, now an obscure village. Saint Fedlimid’s festival is kept with great solemnity throughout this diocess with an octave and indulgence.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Fedlimid, or Felimy, Bishop of Kilmore, Confessor in Ireland”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 July 2014. Web. 23 August 2017. <>