Posts tagged ‘Twelve Apostles of Ireland’

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

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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. 5 August 2018. Web. 15 November 2018. <>

Saint Senach of Clonard

Also known as

  • Snach

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Educated at the School of Clonard in Ireland. Spiritual student of Saint Finnian of Clonard. Extreme ascetic who lived a life of penance and self-denial. Often assigned to shepherd seminarians at Clonard, which included Saint Columba of Terryglass. Succeeded Finnian as abbot of Clonard. Bishop.

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  • “Saint Senach of Clonard“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 August 2018. Web. 15 November 2018. <>

Saint Becan of Kill-Beggan

Also known as

  • Began
  • Beggan
  • Becain

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Relative of Saint Columba of Iona. Sixth-century evangelist in Ireland. Founded the monastery known as Kill-Beggan in Westmeath, Ireland, and served as its abbot. The parish of Imleach-Becain in Meath, Ireland is named for him.

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  • “Saint Becan of Kill-Beggan“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 August 2018. Web. 15 November 2018. <>

Saint Finnian of Moville

detai of a stained glass window of saint Finnian of Moville; by Watson and Company, Youghal, Ireland prior to 1916; 5th jamb, south wall of the nave in Saint Brigid's Cathedral, Kildare, County Kildare, Ireland; photographed on 4 September 2013 by Andreas F. Borchert; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Findbarr
  • Finian
  • Winin
  • Winnin

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Descendant of Fiatach the Fair. Studied under Saint Colman of Dromore, Saint Mochae of Noendrum, and the school of Saint Ninian. Pilgrim to Rome. Bishop of Moville, Ireland. Founded the monastery of Druim Fionn, and the school of Moville c.540. Composed a rule and penitential code for his monks. Spiritual teacher of Saint Columba.

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  • 589 of natural causes

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  • “Saint Finnian of Moville“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 October 2017. Web. 15 November 2018. <>

Saint Laserian of Leighlin

Also known as

  • Laserian mac Nadfraech
  • Laisren…
  • Lamliss…
  • Lasreano…
  • Lasserian…
  • Molaise…
  • Molaisre…
  • Molaisse…
  • Molios…

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Son of Cairel. Student of Saint Murin of Fahan. Hermit on Holy Island, Lamlach bay. Ordained by Pope Saint Gregory the Great in Rome, Italy. Consecrated bishop by Pope Honorius I. Apostolic Legate to settle the question of the Easter observance.

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  • “Saint Laserian of Leighlin“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 August 2017. Web. 15 November 2018. <>

Saint Senan

statue of Saint Senan carved in Australia and now standing in parish of Doonbeg, West Clare, Ireland; artist unknown, photographer unknownAlso known as

  • Senames
  • Senan of Scattery
  • Senames of Inis Cathaigh

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Apparently born to a Christian farm family. Educated by Saint Naul and a saintly monk named Cassidan. Monk at Kilmanagh (Kilkenny), Ireland. Founded a monastery at Enniscorthy, Ireland. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy and to Tours, France, a center of monasticism at the time. Founded several churches and monasteries including houses at Iniscarra, Ireland. Spiritual teacher of Saint Aiden of Lindesfarne. Aquaintance of Saint David of Wales, and friend of Saint Cannera of Inis Cathaig. In later life he retired to Inish Cathaig (Scattery Island) on the river Shannon; the river is believed to have been named for him. Bishop. Legend says that he chased away the Cathach, a type of monstrous sea serpent, from the island by ordering it, in the name of the Trinity, to depart.

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  • “Saint Senan“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 August 2018. Web. 15 November 2018. <>

Saint Columba of Terryglass

Also known as

  • Colum mac Crimthainn
  • Colum moccu Loigse
  • Columba of Tirdaglas
  • Columba of Tyrdaglas

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Son of Crinthainn. Disciple of Saint Finnian of Clonard; administered Last Rites to Saint Finnian on his death-bed. Spiritual director of Saint Caemban, Saint Fintan, and Saint Mocumin. Founded the monastery of Tirdaglas (Terryglass) in 548, and served as its abbot. Visited Tours, France, and brought back relics of Saint Martin of Tours. One of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.

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  • “Saint Columba of Terryglass“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 October 2018. Web. 15 November 2018. <>

Saint Nennius

Also known as

  • Nennidhius
  • Ninnidh
  • Ninnaid

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Born to the Irish nobility, Ninnian was early drawn to religious life. Spiritual student of Saint Fiechus of Leinster and of Saint Finnian of Clonard. Hermit on Inis-muighe-samb in Lake Erne. His reputation for learning and personal piety attracted many spiritual students to the island.

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  • “Saint Nennius“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 August 2018. Web. 15 November 2018. <>

Saint Ruadhán of Lorrha

Also known as

  • Ruadhán mac Fergusa Birn
  • Rodan…
  • Rodanus…
  • Rowan…
  • Ruadain…
  • Ruadan…
  • Ruadanus…
  • Ruadhain…
  • one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland

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Related to the royal family of Munster (part of modern Ireland. Studied under Saint Finian of Clonard. Founded the monastery of Lorrha c.545, and served as its first abbot. His brother monks produced the Stowe Missal, and his abbot‘s bell is preserved in the British Museum. Ruadhan’s embassy to King Dermot of Tara in 556 is recounted in the romance the Cursing of Tara where he is supposed to have cursed Dermot for violating the sanctuary of the Lorrha monastery in order to capture the king of Connaught. Considered a confessor of the faith, and one of the Twelve Apostles of Erin.

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  • 5 April 584 in the monastery of Lorrha, County Tipperary, Ireland of natural causes
  • his hand was preserved in a silver shrine in Lorrha, but destroyed during the Reformation

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  • red-haired (Irish)

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ruadhán of Lorrha“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 March 2018. Web. 15 November 2018. <>

Saint Comgall of Bangor

Saint Comgall of BangorMemorial

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Son of Sedna. Soldier. Spiritual student of Saint Fintan of Clonenagh and Saint Kieran at Clonmacnoise. Friend of Saint Brendan, Saint Cormac, Saint Kevin of Glendalough and Finbarr of Moville. Ordained by Saint Lughaedh of Conmacnoise. Spiritual teacher of Saint Cronan Mochua. He and a few brother monks lived a very strict and austere life on an island on Lough Erne. Among other houses, he founded the monastery at Bangor, County Down, Ireland in 552 and served as its first abbot; at one point it housed 8,000 monks. Life there was harsh and adherence to the Rule strict, but the brothers were very close, and were encouraged to help and support each other. Spiritual teacher of Saint Blane, Saint Cainnech, Saint Columbanus, Saint Deicola, Saint Fintan of Doon, Saint Gall, Saint Lactali, Saint Lua of Limerick and Saint Mochoemoc. Missionary to Scotland and the Picts. A reported miracle worker, Comgall is said to have blinded a band of thieves as they approached the monastery, but restored eye sight to a penitent man. Received Holy Communion on his death bed from Saint Fiacra.

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  • c.510 Dalaradia, near Magheramorne, County Antrim, Ireland

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  • “Saint Comgall of Bangor“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 March 2018. Web. 15 November 2018. <>