Saint Finbar

[Saint Finbarr, Bishop]Also known as

  • Bairre
  • Barr
  • Barrocus
  • Finbarr
  • Findbar
  • Finnbarr
  • Finbarro
  • Fionnbharr
  • Lochan



Son of an artisan named Amergin and a lady of the Irish royal court. Educated at Kilmacahil monastery, Kilkenny, Ireland. He had very light hair, which led to the nickname Fionnbharr, “white hair”. Made multiple pilgrimages to Rome, Italy, visiting Saint David of Wales on one trip. Preached throughout southern Ireland, and possibly in Scotland. Hermit on a small island at Lough Eiroe and at Gougane Barra. Founded a school at Eirce, Ireland. Founded a monastery on the river Lee; it developed into the city of Cork, Ireland. First bishop of Cork. Extravagant miracles were attributed to him. Legend says that the sun did not set for two weeks after his death.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Finbar“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 December 2019. Web. 18 January 2022. <>