Saint Benignus of Armagh

detail of a stained glass window Saint Benignus of Armagh, Saint Benin's Church, Kilbennan, County Galway, Ireland; artist unknown; photographed on 16 September 2010 by Andreas F Borchert; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Benignus of Ireland
  • Benen of….



Son of the Irish chieftain Sesenen in County Meath. Baptized by and a disciple of Saint Patrick, accompanying him in his travels and missions. Noted choral singer and arranger for liturgical music, he was called Patrick’s psalm-singer. Evangelized the provinces of Clare, Kerry, and Connaught. Abbot of Drumlease for twenty years. Assisted in compiling the Senchus Mor, the Irish Code of Laws. Present at the synod which recognized the See of the Apostle Peter (Rome, Italy) as the final court of appeal in difficult cases. Succeeded Saint Patrick as bishop of Ireland.


  • 467 of natural causes


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Benignus of Armagh“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2020. Web. 6 December 2021. <>