Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Finian, surnamed Lobhar, or the Leper


He was son of Conail, descended from Kian, the son of Alild, king of Munster. He was a disciple of Saint Brendan, and flourished about the middle of the sixth century. He imitated the patience of Job under a loathsome and tedious distemper, from which his surname was given him. The famous abbey of Innisfallen, which stood in an island of that name, in the great and beautiful lake of Lough-Lane in the county of Kerry, was founded by our saint. A second, called from him Ardfinnan, he built in Tipperary; and a third at Cluain-more Madoc, in Leinster, where he was buried. He died on the 2nd of February; but, says Colgan, his festival is kept on the 16th of March, at all the above-mentioned places. Sir James Ware speaks of two MS. histories of his life.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Finian, surnamed Lobhar, or the Leper”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 March 2013. Web. 28 September 2021. <>