Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Cronan Mochua


Founder of the See of Balla, subsequently merged into that of Tuam, Ireland, flourished in the period 596-637, died 30 March 637, but his Acts are more or less of a legendary character. However, it would appear that he was educated at Bangor, under Saint Comgall, and founded a monastery at Gael, among the Feara Rois of Louth and Monaghan, whence he migrated to Fore and Tehilly. Passing through Hy Many, he journeyed to Connacht, in 616, and founded the church and Abbey of Balla, of which he was first abbot-bishop. Numerous miracles are recorded of Saint Cronan Mochua, and are minutely described in his Irish life. His feast is celebrated on 30 March, though, through a misconception, his Acts are given by the Bollandists under date of 1 January.

MLA Citation

  • William Grattan-Flood. “Saint Cronan Mochua”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 April 2013. Web. 17 June 2021. <>