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The saints of Ireland derive from the various túath, tribes or peoples, who lived on the island of Ireland. The vast majority of these saints lived during the 4th—10th centuries, a period in which Ireland was known as the "land of saints and scholars"—it produced many missionaries. The introduction of Christianity into Ireland was during the end of the 4th century. Its exact introduction is obscure, though the strict ascetic nature of monasticism in Ireland, suggests a connection to Coptic monks from Egypt. Although there were some Christians in Ireland before him, Patrick from Britain played a significant role in its full Christianisation. Some of the best known saints are the Twelve Apostles of Ireland and Brigid of Kildare.

Saints

Saint Aidan

Saint Aidan

Saint Brendan (cropped)

Saint Brendan

Saint Brigid by Patrick Joseph Tuohy

Saint Brigid

Saint Patrick (window)

Saint Patrick

Name Born Life Comments Reference
Abban of Magheranoidhe Leinster, Ireland 570—620 Son of Cormac, King of Leinster from the Uí Dúnlainge. Nephew of Ibar. [1]
Abban of New Ross Leinster, Ireland 600s Founder of New Ross, abbot and missionary. [2]
Abel of Reims Ireland died 764 Bishop of Reims, Benedictine abbot. Accompanied Boniface on his mission. [3]
Abran Ireland died 515 Sailed to Brittany with siblings, lived as hermit by Marne River. [4]
Adalgis Ireland died 686 Worked as a missionary in Arras and Laon, was a disciple of Fursey. [5]
Adomnán Donegal, Ireland 627—704 abbot of Iona, hagiographer, statesman and lawyer. Authored Cáin Adomnáin. [6]
Adomnán of Coldingham Ireland died 680 Confessor, prophet, monk at Coldingham. Noted for the gift of prophecy. [7]
Aengus, see Óengus
Aidan of Ferns, also Máedóc Inisbrefny, Ireland 7th century. Leinster saint. Founder and first bishop of Ferns (Co. Wexford), learned under David at Deheubarth. Feast day: 31 January. [8][9]
Aidan of Lindisfarne Connacht, Ireland died 651 First Bishop of Lindisfarne, invited by king Oswald to reconvert Northumbria. [10]
Ailbe of Emly Munster, Ireland died 534? First Bishop of Emly. Son of Feidlimid, King of Munster. Baptised saint David. [11][12]
Aileran Ireland died 664 Scholar at Clonard. Wrote litanies on saints and genealogy of Christ. [13]
Alto of Altomünster Ireland 700s Founded Altomünster. Missionary to Bavaria, hermit and Benedictine. [14]
Andrew the Scot Ireland died 877 Archdeacon at Fiesole in Tuscany, studied under Donatus. Gave to the poor. [15]
Assicus Ireland died 490 First Bishop of Elphin, converted by Patrick, expert metal worker and bellfounder. [16]
Athracht ingen Thaláin (in Latin, Attracta) c. 500 Connacht saint. Nun under Patrick, founded a hostel at Lough Gara, known for charity to the poor. [17] [18]
Autbod Ireland died 690 Missionary on continent, patron of Valcourt, known for miraculous cure of fever. [19]
Baíthéne mac Brénainn Ireland d. 598 first abbot of Iona in succession of Columba [20]
Balin Northumbria 600s Brother of Gerald of Mayo, disciple of Colmán, took up residence in Connacht. [21]
Balther Ireland died 757 Hermit and priest, moved to Lindisfarne, known as Apostle of the Lothians. [22]
Barrfoin Ireland 500s missionary at Drum Cullen, Offaly. Friend of Columba. Joined voyage of Brendan. [23]
Bean Ireland great-grandson of Aedh Dubh, King of Leinster. Worked at Feighcullen, Kildare. [24]
Bécán Ireland 500s Founder of Kilbeggan, Westmeath worked in a monastary there. [25]
Bega Ireland princess, valued virginity, moved to Northumbria to avoid pirates. [26]
Benignus of Armagh Meath, Ireland died 467 Patrick's psalm-singer, favourite disciple, helped compile Senchus MórIrish law. [27]
Béoáed mac Ocláin Ireland died 520/24 Connacht saint. Bishop of Ardcarne, an artistic relic the Bell of St. Beoadh was widely venerated. [17] [28]
Beoc Ireland 400s Founded St Patrick's Purgatory monastary at Lough Derg, Donegal. [29]
Berach mac Amargin Connacht, Ireland; of the Uí Briúin late 6th–early 7th century Founder of Tarmonbarry, abbey built. Disciple of Kevin and nephew of Freoch. Feast day: 15 February. [17] [30]
Blaithmaic Ireland died 823 Abbot, martyred by Danish Vikings, killed on altar steps of the abbey at Iona. [31]
Boadin Ireland Monk, moved to France. Know for kindness and living the strict Rule of Benedict. [32]
Boethian of Pierrepoint Ireland 600s Founder of Pierrepoint, Picardy, disciple of Fursey. Martyred by rebellious monks. [33]
Brandan Ireland 400s Monk who fought Pelagianism in Britain. Later became abbot in Gaul after fleeing. [34]
Breaca Ireland 400s Nun, follower of Brigid of Kildare. Travelled to Dumnonia, settled by River Hayle. [35]
Brendan of Clonfert Tralee, Ireland 6th century Connacht saint. Founder of Clonfert, monk. Voyaged to mysterious St. Brendan's Island. [17] [36]
Brendan of Birr Ireland died 573 An Apostle of Ireland, monk and abbot. Founder of Birr, friend of Brendan. [37]
Briarch Ireland died 627 abbot and founder of monastary in Brittany. Closely associated with Tudwal. [38]
Brigid of Kildare Faughart, Ireland 451—525 Founder of Kildare, abbess of Ireland's first convent. A patron saint of Ireland. [39]
Brogan Ireland 600s abbot of Ross Tuirc, Ossory, author of a hymn to Brigid. [40]
Brón mac Icni Ireland died 512[17] Connacht Bishop of Cassel-lrra, disciple of Patrick, set monastic literary & artistic standard. [17][41]
Caimín d. 644? Munster saint [11]
Cainnech moccu Dálann 521/7–599/600 Munster saint [11]
Cairech Dergain d. 577/9 Connacht saint [17]
Canir 6th century Munster saint [11]
Carthach mac Fianáin late 6th century Munster saint [11]
Céthech 5th century Connacht saint [17]
Ciarán mac Luaigne fl. 450–500 Munster saint [11]
Cóemgen 7th century Leinster saint. Known as the founder of Glendalough (Co. Wicklow) [8]
Colmán mac Léníne 530–606 Munster saint [11]
Colum mac Crimthainn d. 549 Munster saint [11]
Comgán mac Dá Cherda d. 645 Munster saint [11]
Commán mac Fáelchon, Mo Chommóc south of Roscommon, among the Sogain d. 747 Connacht saint, patron saint of Roscommon. Feast day: 26 December. [17]
Cormac mac Eogain 6th century Connacht saint. [17]
Cranat ingen Buicín 6th century Munster saint [11]
Crónán moccu Éile d. 665 Munster saint [11]
Cumméne Albus d. 669 abbot of Iona [20]
Cumméne Fota c.591–662 Connacht saint [17]
Déclán mac Eircc late 5th century Munster saint [11]
Énda mac Conaill 6th century? Munster saint [11]
Fachtna mac Mongaig 6th century Munster saint [11]
Fergno Britt mac Faílbi (in Latin sources, Virgno) probably southern Scotland d. 623 abbot of Iona, probably a Briton [20]
Findbarr mac Amairgin 6th century? Munster saint [11]
Findchú mac Finnloga d. 655/5 Munster saint [11]
Finten 7th century Leinster saint. [8]
Fintan d. 603? Leinster saint. [8]
Flannán mac Toirrdelbaig 7th century Munster saint [11]
Garald, Gerald England d. 732 Connacht saint. Feast day: 12 or 13 March. [17]
Gobnait 6th century? Munster saint [11]
Grellán of Cráeb Grelláin 5-6th century Connacht saint. [17]
Iarlaithe mac Loga 6th century Connacht saint, patron saint of Tuam (Tuaimm dá Gualann). Feast day: 25 or 26 December. [17]
Ibar mac Lugna d. 500 / 501 Munster saint [11]
Íte ingen Chinn Fhalad d. 570/77 Munster saint [11]
Lachtín mac Tarbín d. 622/7 Munster saint [11]
Laisrén mac Decláin 6th century Connacht saint [17]
Laisrén mac Feradaig d. 605 abbot of Iona [20]
Lallóc 5th century Connacht saint [17]
Mac Creiche mac Pessláin late 6th century Munster saint [11]
Máedóc, see Aidan of Ferns
Máel Cétair mac Rónáin 6-7th century? Munster saint [11]
Máel Ruain d. 792 Leinster saint. [8]
Mainchín mac Setnai late 6th century Munster saint [11]
Mo Chua mac Bécáin d. 694 Connacht saint [17]
Mo Chóemóc mac Béoáin d. 656 Munster saint [11]
Mo Chutu mac Fínaill d. 637 Munster saint [11]
Mo Lua moccu Óche 554–609 Munster saint [11]
Móenu d. c. 572 Connacht saint [17]
Mo Laga mac Duib Dligid late 6th century? Munster saint [11]
Mucnoe (in Latin, Mucneus) c. 500 Connacht saint. According to Tírechán, buried at Domnach Mór. Feast day: 12 August. [17]
Muiredach mac Echdach early 6th century Connacht saint. Feast day: 12 August (in place of Mucnoe). [17]
Nessán d. 556 Munster saint [11]
Óengus of Tallaght Clonenagh, Ireland died 824 Hermit and author of the Festlology of the Saints of Ireland. [42]
Ruadán mac Fergusa Birn d. 584 Munster saint [11]
Sachellus 5th century Connacht saint [17]
Ségéne mac Fiachna d. 652 abbot of Iona [20]
Senán mac Geirrcinn 6th century Munster saint [11]
Suibne moccu Urthrí d. 657 abbot of Iona [20]
Virgno, see Fergno Britt

Footnotes

  1. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Abban of Magheranoidhe". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Abban_of_Magheranoidhe. 
  2. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Abban of New Ross". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Abban_of_New_Ross. 
  3. "St. Abel". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1072.  Retrieved on 29 October 2009.
  4. "St. Abran". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=521.  Retrieved on 29 October 2009.
  5. "St. Adalgis". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1114.  Retrieved on 29 October 2009.
  6. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Adamnan". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Adamnan. 
  7. "St. Adamnan of Coldingham". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1120.  Retrieved on 29 October 2009.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Doherty, "Leinster, saints of (act. c.550–c.800)"
  9. "St. Aidan of Ferns". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1193.  Retrieved on 31 October 2009.
  10. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Aidan of Lindisfarne". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Aidan_of_Lindisfarne. 
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 11.25 11.26 11.27 11.28 11.29 11.30 Johnston, "Munster, saints of (act. c.450–c.700)."
  12. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Ailbe". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Ailbe. 
  13. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Aileran". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Aileran. 
  14. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Alto". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Alto. 
  15. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Andrew the Scot". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Andrew_the_Scot. 
  16. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Assicus". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Assicus. 
  17. 17.00 17.01 17.02 17.03 17.04 17.05 17.06 17.07 17.08 17.09 17.10 17.11 17.12 17.13 17.14 17.15 17.16 17.17 17.18 17.19 17.20 Charles-Edwards, "Connacht, saints of (act. c.400–c.800)."
  18. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Attracta". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Attracta. 
  19. "St. Autbod (Aubeu)". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=5940.  Retrieved on 3 November 2009.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Charles-Edwards, "Iona, abbots of (act. 563–927)."
  21. "St. Balin". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1665.  Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  22. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Baldred". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Baldred. 
  23. "St. Barrfoin". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1678.  Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  24. "St. Bean". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=262.  Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  25. "St. Bécán". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1721.  Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  26. "St. Bega". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1723.  Retrieved on 28 October 2009.
  27. Wikisource-logo.svg "St. Benignus". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia_(1913)/St._Benignus. 
  28. "St. Beoadh". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1750.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  29. "St. Beoc". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1747.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  30. "St. Berach". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1749.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  31. "St. Blaithmaic". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1798.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  32. "St. Boadin". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1804.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  33. "St. Boethian". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1811.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  34. "St. Brandan". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1826.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  35. "St. Breaca". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1829.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  36. "St. Brendan". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=170.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  37. "St. Brendan of Birr". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1831.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  38. "St. Briarch". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1833.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  39. "St. Brigid of Ireland". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=453.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  40. "St. Brogan". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=572.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  41. "St. Bron". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1844.  Retrieved on 13 November 2009.
  42. "St. Aengus". Catholic Online. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1088.  Retrieved on 29 October 2009.

Sources

Further reading

  • Plummer, Charles. "A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography." Miscellanea Hagiographica Hibernica (1925).

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