Saint Brendan of Birr

detail of a photograph of a stained glass window of Saint Brendan of Birr, Saint Brendan's Church, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland; artist unknown; photographed on 19 September 2010 by Andreas F Borchert; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Brendan mac Nemain
  • Brendan of Biorra
  • Brendan the Elder
  • Brandan…
  • Brandon…
  • Breandan…
  • Brenainn…
  • Brendanus…
  • Prophet of Ireland



Friend and brother monk with Saint Brendan the Navigator at Clonard abbey. Spiritual student of Saint Finian. Founded the monastery at Birr in Offaly, central Ireland c.540, and served as its abbot. Friend and advisor of Saint Columba. At Brendan’s death, Columba had a vision of the abbot‘s soul being carried away by angels.





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Most glorious ascetic and chief of Ireland‘s Prophets, O Father Brendan, thou wast a bright beacon in the western isle guiding many to salvation. At thy heavenly birthday the Angels rejoiced and miraculously announced their joy to our Father Columba. The prayers of the righteous avail much for us sinners. Wherefore O Saint, pray to God for us that He will find us a place in the Mansions of the Blest. – Troparion of Saint Brendan of Birr

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Brendan of Birr“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 August 2020. Web. 3 December 2021. <>