Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Colman of Kilmacduagh


Bishop and patron of Kilmacduagh, born at Kiltartan c.560; died 29 October 632. He lived for many years as a hermit in Arranmore, where he built two churches, both forming the present group of ruins at Kilmurvy. Thence he sought greater seclusion in the woods of Burren, in 592, and at length, in 610, founded a monastery, which became the centre of the tribal Diocese of Aidhne, practically coextensive with the present See of Kilmacduagh. Although the “Martyrology of Donegal” assigns his feast to 2 February, yet the weight of evidence and the tradition of the diocese point to 29 October, on which day his festival has been kept from time immemorial, and which was fixed by a rescript of Pope Benedict XIV, in 1747, as a major double.

MLA Citation

  • William Grattan-Flood. “Saint Colman of Kilmacduagh”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 October 2013. Web. 17 December 2018. <>