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Cellach (fl. 6th–7th cent.), bishop of Killala, was said to have been the elder son of Éogan Bél, king of the northern Uí Fhíachrach (in modern Carra, Ennis, and Tirawley in co. Mayo and Tireragh in co. Sligo). A highly literary version of his biography is preserved in the mixed prose and verse tale ...

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Columba [St Columba, Colum Cille] (c. 521–597), monastic founder, was also known by the Old Irish name of Colum Cille, meaning, approximately, ‘Church Dove’. He was the son of Fedelmid, of the royal lineage of Conall Gulban mac Néill, and of Ethne, daughter of ...

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Columbanus [St Columbanus, Columban] (d. 615), missionary and monastic founder, was born in the Irish province of Leinster.

Traditionally Columbanus's date of birth has been assumed to be somewhere about the year 543, though the reliability of this is questionable, since it was established on the basis of a reference in a poem whose former attribution to the saint is now in serious doubt. The first date that can be established with some certainty is that of his arrival in ...

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Deiniol [St Deiniol, Daniel] (d. 584), bishop of Bangor and founder of monasteries, is first recorded in the early ninth-century Irish martyrology of Tallaght, where his feast day is given as 11 September; this agrees with almost all the later Welsh calendars. In the martyrology of ...

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Fiachra [St Fiachra, Fiacre] (fl. mid-7th cent.), monastic founder, was an Irish peregrinus (wandering holy man) who settled at Breuil in the Merovingian Frankish kingdom of Neustria. He is associated with St Faro (fl. 650), bishop of Meaux, and with fellow Irish saint ...

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Finán [St Finán] (d. 661), missionary and bishop of Lindisfarne, was an Irish monk of Iona who succeeded Áedán as second bishop of Lindisfarne in 651. No life of Finán is extant and the authority for what little is known about him is ...

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Foillan [St Foillan] (d. 653x5), holy man, was the uterine brother of Fursa. Both were of noble Irish background, the sons of Gelges, daughter of Áed Find, though whether Foillan was also the son of Fursa's father, Fintan, son of Findloga, is unknown. ...

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Gall [St Gall, Gallus] (fl. 615), supposed monastic founder, is reported by Jonas of Bobbio, the seventh-century biographer of Columbanus (d. 615), as a companion of that saint. Gall may have been a Frank or an Aleman, but his lives, written much later, suggest an Irish origin. They relate that he became a disciple of ...