Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Colman Mac Lenine


Saint Colman Mac Lenine, founder and patron of the See of Cloyne, born in Munster, c.510; died 24 November 601. He was endowed with extraordinary poetic powers, being styled by his contemporaries “Royal Bard of Munster”. The Ardrigh of Ireland gave him Cloyne, in the present County Cork, for his cathedral abbey, in 560, and he laboured for more than forty years in his extensive diocese. Several of his Irish poems are still extant, notably a metrical panegyric on Saint Brendan. Colgan mentions a metrical life of Saint Senan by him. His feast is observed on 24 November. Another Saint Colman is also venerated on the same day, as recorded by Saint Aengus in his “Felire”: —

Mac Lenine the most excellent
With Colman of Duth-chuilleann.

MLA Citation

  • William Grattan-Flood. “Saint Colman Mac Lenine”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 August 2014. Web. 7 December 2021. <>