Saint Kieran

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Kieran, date and artist unknown; Church of Seir Kieran, Bell Hill, Offaly, Ireland; photographed on 25 January 2015 by Clareen72; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Kieran of Saighir
  • Kieran of Seirkeiran
  • Kieran the Elder
  • Kieran Saighir
  • Kieran mac Luaigne
  • Ceran….
  • Chierano….
  • Ciarán….
  • Ciarano….
  • Ciaranus….
  • Kenerin….
  • Kerrier….
  • Kevin….
  • Kieren….
  • Kiernan….
  • Kieron….
  • Kyran….
  • Queran….
  • Queranus….
  • First-born of the Saints of Ireland



Convert to Christianity. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy. Ordained by Saint Patrick. First Bishop of Ossory, Ireland. Founder of Saighir monastery. Sometimes confused with Saint Piran of Cornwall. Several healing wells were named for Kieran.


  • Corca-Laighde (modern Cape Clear), Ireland


  • c.530 of natural causes

Name Means

  • Little Dark One
  • Dark Prince
  • Dark Haired One



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Kieran“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 November 2021. Web. 25 January 2022. <>