Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Ronan


There are twelve Irish saints bearing the name of Ronan commemorated in the “Martyrology of Donegal”; of these the most celebrated are: Saint Ronan of Ulster, brother of Saint Carnech, and grandson of Loarn, died 11 January 535; Saint Ronan, son of Berach, a disciple of the great Saint Fechin of Fore. He became first Abbot of Drumshallon, and died 18 November 665. Saint Ronan Fionn is honoured as patron of Lan Ronan (Kelminiog) in Iveagh. His feast is celebrated on 22 May, both in Ireland and Scotland. Saint Ronan of Iona is explicitly referred to by Saint Bede as one of the protagonists of the Roman custom of celebrating Easter as against the Irish tradition, and he had a warm controversy on the subject with his countryman Saint Finan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, 660. This controversy was ended at the Synod of Whitby, in 664, when Saint Ronan’s views were upheld. Saint Ronan of Lismore was a distinguished successor of Saint Carthage, and several Munster churches were built in his honour. His feast is celebrated on 9 February 763. Another saint of this name is best known by the ruined church of Kilronan, Co. Roscommon, where Turlogh O’Carolan and Bishop O’Rourke are buried.

MLA Citation

  • William Grattan-Flood. “Saint Ronan”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 December 2018. Web. 19 April 2019. <>