Monk. Founded a monastery in Clonfad, Leinster, Ireland, and served as its abbot. Bishop, based at the monastery. Ordained Saint Columba of Iona; legend says that Columba was so eager to start his vocation that Etchen had to stop in the middle of plowing a field to perform the ordination.
- 11 February 577 of natural causes
- buried in the cemetery at Clonfad, Ireland
- some relics in the church at Clonfad
- “Saint Etchen of Clonfad“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 February 2015. Web. 24 March 2017. <>