Saint Éoghan of Ardstraw

detail of a stained glass window depicting Saint Eugene, created c.1900 by Meyer and Co; Cathedral of Saint Eugene, Derry, Northern Ireland; photographed on 17 September 2013 by Andreas F Borchert; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Eugene
  • Eugenius
  • Euny
  • Owen
  • Tir Eoghain
  • Tyrone



As a boy he was captured and enslaved by pirates, first to Britain, then to Brittany. Friend of Saint Tighernach. As an adult he escaped from the pirates, returned to Ireland, and became a monk. Abbot of Kilnamanagh Abbey, County Wicklow for 15 years. Retired to live as a hermit in the the Mourne valley, County Tyrone c.576; his piety attrached many would-be students. Spiritual teacher of Saint Kevin of Glendalough. First bishop of Ardstraw, Ireland c.581. He was considered its patron from the beginning; the see was moved to Derry in 1254, and Eoghan continued as a patron.



  • c.618 of natural causes



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Éoghan of Ardstraw“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 January 2018. Web. 27 February 2021. <>