Saint Aedan of Ferns

detail, depicting Saint Aidan, of a stained glass window titled 'The Maddona with Saints Aidan and Adrian', by Harry Clarke; Church of the Assumption, Wexford, County Wexford, Ireland; photographed on 29 September 2010 by Andreas F Borchert; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Aeddan Foeddog
  • Aedh-og
  • Aidan
  • Aidus
  • Edan
  • Hugh
  • Maedoc
  • Maidoc
  • Maodhóg
  • Mo-Aedh-og (= my dear Aedh)
  • Moedhog
  • Mogue



Son of Eithne and Sedna, chief of Connaught. A widespread reputation for sanctity brought him potential disciples in his youth; he fled to Kilmuine, Wales to escape them. He became one of Saint David‘s most faithful disciples. He returned to Ireland in 580 with a band of disciples, including Saint Caillan and settled at Brentrocht, Leinster. Founded 30 churches and several monasteries in that district, the best known being Ferns in Wexford, built on land given him by Brandubh, King of Leinster. First bishop of Ferns c.598; the episcopal seat of Ferns is now at Enniscorthy, where there is a beautiful cathedral dedicated to Aedan. Miracle worker. Late in life he retired to live as a prayerful monk.


  • c.550 at Inisbrefny, Templeport, County Cavan, Ireland




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Aedan of Ferns“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 May 2020. Web. 27 July 2021. <>