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Adomnán [St Adomnán] (627/8?–704), abbot of Iona and writer, who became known to history as the ninth abbot of Iona and the outstanding Irish churchman of his day, was born of the royal line of Cenél Conaill, a dynasty which formed part of the over-kingdom of the northern ...

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Muirchú [St Muirchú, Muirchú maccu Machthéni] (fl. 697), biographer, is commemorated on 8 June. In his life of St Patrick, Muirchú calls himself Muirchú moccu Machthéni, that is, ‘Muirchú descendant of Machthéine’. Although the forms do not correspond exactly, it seems likely that he was a member of the minor kinship group called ...