Celtic – St Fionán (d. 661)-Feb 17

Saint Finian of Clonard Fionán was an Irish monk who accompanied Aidan from the island Iona of west Scotland to Lindisfarne, an island off north-east England (image). He succeeded him there as abbot. Bede called him “learned and prudent”: he was able to manage the tensions that emerged between the Celtic and Roman ritual expressions of Christianity [...]

Nov 29 – St Brendan of Birr-Irish

Nov 29 – St Brendan of Birr   St. Brendan's Church, Birr. Prophet of Ireland Abbot Died c. 573[1] Birr, Ireland Venerated in Roman Catholic Church Anglican Communion Orthodox Church Feast 29 November via Nov 29 - St Brendan of Birr (d. 573) abbot - Catholicireland.netCatholicireland.net Image Attribution Andreas F. Borchert [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en), CC [...]

Celtic Saint Fanchea of Ross Oirthir,  1 January 2017

Saint Fanchea of Ross Oirthir, January 1 We begin the month of January with a female saint, Fanchea of Ross Oirthir, sister to Enda (Endeus) of Aran. Canon O'Hanlon's account of her below illustrates one of the strengths of his Lives of the Irish Saints, for he has relied on the account of the great [...]

Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Saint Erc of Slane, November 2

Sunday, 2 November 2014 About the Blog Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae is dedicated to the saints of Ireland. The feast days of the saints are those recorded in the historic Irish calendars. These are not in every case the dates on which they are commemorated in the Church today. Sources: O'Hanlon's Lives of the Irish Saints [...]