✞ Born sometime before the 5th century ✞ Kidnapped as a teenager, brought to Ireland, sold into slavery. ✞ He escaped, but returned to Ireland as a missionary. He converted several clan chiefs, built churches, opened schools and monasteries. ✞ He used the shamrock to demonstrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and is credited with having driven snakes off of the island.
✞ We do not know a lot about this saint- there are several contenders for the title of martyr with this name. Confusingly enough they also share the same feast-day, February 14th. ✞ While it is unexplained how he became known as the patron saint of lovers, it is easy to trace his Irish connection. The relics of the saint were presented to the Carmelites in the 19th century, to be used in a shrine in Dublin. So, like Saint Patrick, he is a 'blow-in'. ✞ His shrine in the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin.
✞ Abbot and missionary who established a number of monasteries in Ireland, of which the most famous was Clonfert, founded about 560. ✞ Journeyed to Scotland, Wales, and Brittany, and possibly America. ✞ Whether he actually reached American shores is debateable. The work detailing his travels might be an allegory, but in 1977 Tim Severin proved that the journey was possible. ✞ The spot to visit is his reputed starting point - near Mount Brandon on the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry. ✞ His feast-day is May 16th.
✞ A 7th century hermit who left Ireland to France and was granted land by Saint Faro near Meaux where he built his hermitage. ✞ He acquired fame as a healer, especially for venereal diseases & haemorrhoids - and become patron saint of gardeners and taxi drivers. ✞ The center of the his cult is in France, but the charming Saint ____'s Gardens in the Irish National Stud (Kildare) are a fitting memorial. ✞ Hs feast day is September 1st.
✞ Born in 1625 in Meath, he went to Rome and was ordained a priest in 1654, working directly for the papacy. ✞ 12 years later he became Archbishop of Armagh, went back to Ireland and got caught up in Titus Oates' (non-existent) 'popish plot'. Convicted as a traitor in London he was hanged, disembowelled and quartered - which explains why his remains are in several places. ✞ His head is in Drogheda, a thighbone is in the church of Oldcastle (County Meath) - near the old family church at
✞ A pan-Celtic saint, he is revered in Ireland and Scotland. ✞ He founded a monastery in his native Donegal, then in Derry, Durrow and finally Iona, bringing Irish spirituality into the east, so to say. ✞ He is most closely associated with Glencolumcille in County Donegal, though the most charming statue of him stands (or rather squats) at Drumcliff in County Sligo. ✞ His feast-day is June 9th.
✞ Of noble birth, he studied for the priesthood from an early age. ✞ He became a hermit in a cave at Glendalough, or 'valley of the two lakes,' in County Wicklow, wearing skins, & eating nettles & berries. ✞ Others came to join him, and he founded a monastery at Glendalough, where he served as abbot. ✞ He prayed in the most unlikely (and uncomfortable) places. ✞ A bird built a nest in his outstretched hand and he did not move until the eggs were laid, hatched & the birds were old enough to fly away. ✞ The one place most closely associated with him is the monastic settlement of Glendalough in County Wicklow. ✞ His feast-day is June 3rd.
✞ Sometimes called the 'Mary of the Gael'. ✞ Converted by St. Patrick ✞ Founded the first religious community for Irish women, at Kildare which, to this day, remains the center of her veneration. ✞ There was a pagan goddess with the same name which has influenced the cult of the saint, for example her feast-day is February 1st, the ancient pagan feast of Imbolc.
✞ One of the first missionaries and Bishops of Ireland. ✞ Had Pelagian tendencies, at ordination he recanted his heresy. ✞ Urged Pope Celestine I to send the bishop Germanus to Britain, where he guided “the Britons back to the Catholic faith.” ✞ He is most strongly associated with the area of his most intensive missionary activity, Leinster, particularly Clonard, County Meath.
✞ As a youth he was placed under the care of St Forthchern. ✞ He proceeded to Wales to perfect himself in holiness and sacred knowledge under the great saints of that country. ✞ He returned to Ireland, teaching and founding churches, most noticeably at Skellig Michael or Great Skellig eight miles off the coast of County Kerry. He founded Clonard Abbey in Meath, in 520. The twelve apostles of Ireland studied under him, at the abbey.
✞ A warrior and King of Oriel. ✞ His sister, the abbess Saint Fanchea, tried to persuade him to give up war. He said he would if she would give him a young girl in the convent for a wife. The girl Fanchea promised suddenly died. ✞ He was deeply disturbed by the loss, and gave up the throne. ✞ He went to Rome and was ordained a priest. ✞ He returned to Ireland, founded what is claimed to have been the first monastery in Ireland on the wild island of Innish in Galway Bay.
✞ Born into Leinster nobility, he became a monk at Glendalough and then Archbishop of Dublin. During his tenure the Anglo-Norman conquest of Ireland began, dragging him into politics. ✞ As Papal legate (1179) he drew the ire of English king Henry II, & wasn't permitted to return to Ireland. He died in exile at Eu (France). ✞ As his heart was Irish through and through it is only fitting that this part of him was brought home posthumously ... it is still on display in Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral. ✞ His feast-day is November 14th.
✞ According to Bede, he was an Irish monk on the island of Iona sent to preach in Northumbria after a period of pagan resurgence. ✞ He established a monastery on the island of Lindisfarne to train English boys to become missionaries among their own people. ✞ He himself went about on foot, preaching and setting up missionary centers, which had the support of the king, Oswald of Northumbria. ✞ Eventually, Lindisfarne became a great center of Celtic Christianity and a storehouse of European learning during the Dark Ages. It is where the Lindisfarne Gospels, an illuminated Latin manuscript of the gospels, were composed about 700.