He was an Irish monk, and abbot of the monastery of Saint Brendan. Being afterwards ordained bishop he governed his diocese with great zeal and charity. The latter part of his life he spent in Italy, where he was styled the Father of the Poor. He died at Lucca in 1100, and was canonized by Pope Lucius III in 1183.
- Father Alban Butler. “Saint Silave, or Silan, Bishop and Confessor in Ireland”. , 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 May 2012. Web. 1 October 2016. <http://catholicsaints.info/butlers-lives-of-the-saints-saint-silave-or-silan-bishop-and-confessor-in-ireland/>