Book of Saints – Piran


(Pyran) (Saint) (March 5) (5th or 6th century) A Saint who lived as a hermit near Padstowe in Cornwall, and who is regarded as the Patron Saint of miners. It is impossible to disentangle the Saint Piran legend from the history of Saint Kyran Hen of Ossory. Many moderns insist on the identity of the two Saints. The two names and dates of Festival days are indeed identical, but the little we know of Saint Piran of Cornwall cannot be fitted into the life story of Saint Kyran. The latter belongs to a much earlier period of Church history. Still less likely is it that Saint Piran is one and the same with Saint Kieran of Clonmacnoise (September 9).

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Piran”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 September 2016. Web. 9 July 2020. <>