Book of Saints – Dallan Forgaill


DALLAN FORGAILL (CLUAIN DALLAIN) (Saint) Martyr (January 29) (6th century) A kinsman of Saint Edan of Ferns, born in Connaught and a great scholar who, through his application to study, became blind. He wrote a poem in honour of Saint Columba, called Ambra Chohiim Kille which was only published after Saint Columba’s death. The legend averring that on its publication Dalian’s sight was restored to him is found in several authors. Saint Dalian was murdered at Trisccel by pirates (A.D. 598), and his head thrown into the sea. It was recovered and miraculously reunited to his body.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Dallan Forgaill”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2012. Web. 27 January 2022. <>