Book of Saints – Kieran


(Kiernan, Kyran, Ciaran, Pyran) (Saint) Bishop (March 5) (5th century) Styled “The First-Born of the Saints of Ireland.” Born in Ossory of noble parents, some time in the fourth century, he preceded Saint Patrick, with whom he associated himself in the Apostolate of Ireland. Either by Saint Patrick, or, as some say, by the Pope of the time himself, Saint Kieran was consecrated First Bishop of Ossory. From his foundation of a monastery at Saighir (King’s County) he became known as Saint Kiaran of Saighir. Various traditions speak of his having crossed over to Cornwall and of his being identical with the Saint Piran there venerated as a local Saint. Saint Kyran died, it would appear, at a very advanced age.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Kieran”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 December 2013. Web. 4 December 2021. <>