Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Fintan, Surnamed Munnu, Abbot, in Ireland

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Being descended of the noble family of Nial, he forsook the world in his youth, and was desirous to consecrate himself to God in the great monastery of Hij, under the discipline of Saint Columba; but God, for greater designs, prevented the execution of that project, and Fintan, after Saint Columba’s death, sailed back to Ireland, and founded a great monastery called, from him, Teach-Munnu, in the south part of Leinster, in the land of Kinselach: he was famous for his virtues, miracles, and disciples. The annals of Tigernach place his death in 634, on the 31st of October. He is commemorated in the old Scottish Breviary under the name of Saint Mundus, abbot. See Usher; Saint Adamnan, in vitâ Saint Columbæ; Colgan in his Acts of the Saints of Ireland; and Britannia Sancta.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Fintan, Surnamed Munnu, Abbot, in Ireland”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 October 2016. Web. 26 January 2022. <>