Saint Dallan Forghaill

Saint Dallan ForghaillAlso known as

  • Cluain Dallain
  • Dallan Forchella
  • Dallan Forgaill
  • Dallan of Cluain Dallain
  • Eochaidh



Son of Colla Mac Erc and Forchella; related to Irish royalty, and to Saint Aidan of Ferns. Noted student who went blind as a young man; some said it was due to too much reading. Chief bard and poet of Ireland in 575; he reformed the Bardic Order, thus helping preserve the Gaelic language and literature. His most famous work is Ambra Choluim Kille (Eulogy of Saint Columba) after Columba had defended the institution of the bards; legend says that upon its recitation, his eyesight was restored. He is generally considered a martyr, having died in an attack on a monastery.


  • c.530 in Magh Sl├ęcht, County Cavan, Connaught, Ireland


  • beheaded by pirates in 598 at the monastery at Inis-coel (Inniskeel), Ireland
  • legend says that his head was thrown into the sea, washed back up on shore, and re-attached to his body so he could continue to recite poetry during the attack


Additional Information


  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Eulogy of Saint Columba
  • Eulogy of Senan


Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for my fight,
Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight.
Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower.
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven my Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s son,
Heart of my heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.
– Saint Dallan

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Dallan Forghaill“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 May 2020. Web. 23 January 2022. <>