Saint Kenan of Damleag

Also known as

  • Cianan
  • Kay
  • Kea
  • Quay



Descended from the royalty of Munster. In his youth, Kenan was one of fifty hostages given to King Leogair by the Irish princes as a guarantee of peace. Freed by the intercession of bishop Kiaran. Spiritual student of Saint Martin of Tours in France. Knew Saint Patrick who admired him and his writing skills. Bishop of Duleek, Ireland. First in Ireland to build his cathedral in stone; it was built on the site of a pagan altar he destroyed when he converted the people.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Kenan of Damleag“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 January 2009. Web. 8 October 2015. <>