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List of saints of Ireland

This is a list of the saints of Ireland, which attempts to give an overview of saints from Ireland or venerated in 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, derives from the Desert Fathers. Although there were some Christians in Ireland before him, Patrick from Britain played a significant role in its full Christianisation. Some of the most well known saints are the Twelve Apostles of Ireland and Brigit of Kildare.


Name Floruit Origin Associated church[1] Comments Feast-day Reference
Abbán moccu Corbmaic 5th–6th centuries (d. 520?) Leinster, Ireland Adamstown (Mag Arnaide), Co. Wexford
Killabban (Cell Abbáin), Co. Laois
Leinster and Munster saint 16 March or 27 October [2]
Abel of Reims 8th century Ireland? Bishop of Reims. Irish origins are questionable. 5 August (Bollandists) [3]
Abran 5th–6th centuries (d. 515) Ireland Sailed to Brittany with siblings, lived as hermit by Marne River. [4]
Adalgis 7th century (d. 686) Ireland Worked as a missionary in Arras and Laon, was a disciple of Fursey. [5]
Adomnán 7th century (d. 704) Ireland Iona Abbot of Iona, politically active churchman, writer; promulgated the Cáin Adomnáin. [6]
Adomnán of Coldingham 7th century (d. 680) Ireland Confessor, prophet, monk at Coldingham. Noted for the gift of prophecy. [7]
Áed mac Bricc 6th century Irish, of the Cenél Fiachach Rahugh and Killare, Co. Westmeath, and Slieve Leagu, Co. Donegal Meath saint 10 November [8]
Áed of Clonmore 7th century (d. 659?) Irish, of the Uí Dúnlainge dynasty, north Leinster Clonmore (Cluain Mór Máedóc), Co. Carlow Leinster saint 11 April [9]
Aedan of Ferns, see Máedóc of Ferns
Aidan of Lindisfarne 7th century (d. 651) Connacht, Ireland Lindisfarne First Bishop of Lindisfarne, invited by king Oswald to reconvert Northumbria. [10]
Ailbe of Emly 6th century (d. 534?) Munster, Ireland Emly First Bishop of Emly. 12 September [11]
Ailerán 7th century (d. 665) Ireland Clonard Scholar at Clonard.
Alto of Altomünster 8th century Ireland Altomünster Founder of Altomünster, missionary to Bavaria, hermit and Benedictine. [12]
Andrew the Scot 9th century Ireland Fiesole, Tuscany Archdeacon at Fiesole in Tuscany, studied under Donatus. Gave to the poor. [13]
Assicus (Tassach) 5th century Ireland Elphin Ulster saint, first Bishop of Elphin, converted by Patrick, smith and bellfounder to Patrick. 14 April [14][15]
Athracht 5th–6th centuries Ireland Killaraght and Toberaraght Connacht saint, nun under Patrick and associated with Killaraght and Toberaraght. Founded a hostel at Lough Gara 11 August [16]
Autbod 7th century Ireland Valcourt Missionary and patron of Valcourt, known for miraculous fever cure. [17]
Baíthéne 6th century (d. 598) Ireland Iona; Mag Lunge Abbot of Iona and disciple of Columba; earlier abbot of Mag Lunge on Tiree. [18]
Balin 7th century Northumbria Gerald of Mayo's brother, disciple of Colmán, resided in Connacht. [19]
Balthere 8th century (d. 756) Ireland Hermit and priest, moved to Lindisfarne, known as Apostle of the Lothians. [20]
Barrfoin 6th century Ireland Drum Cullen, Co. Offaly missionary at Drum Cullen. Friend of Columba. Joined voyage of Brendan.
Banban the Wise 5th century Ireland Templeport, Co. Cavan missionary at Templeport. Cousin of Saint Patrick. [21]
Bécán 6th century Ireland Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath Founder of Kilbeggan, Westmeath worked in a monastery there. [22]
Bega Ireland princess, valued virginity, moved to Northumbria to avoid pirates. [23]
Benignus of Armagh 5th century Meath, Ireland Patrick's psalm-singer, favourite disciple, helped compile Senchus Mór. [24]
Béoáed mac Ocláin 6th century (d. 520/4) Connacht, Ireland Ardcarne (Ard Carna) Bishop of Ardcarne 7 March or 8 March [16]
Beoán, Mo Bheóc  ? Ireland Ard Camrois/Ard Cáinrois, Munster; Ros Caín, Connacht. Munster and Connacht saint 16 December [25]
Beoán 11th century (fl. 1012 x 1024) "possibly of Irish origin" Mortlach Bishop of Mortlach, Scotland 16 December, possibly owing to confusion with the previous saint [25]
Beoc 5th century Ireland Lough Derg, Co. Donegal Founded St Patrick's Purgatory monastery at Lough Derg, Donegal. [26]
Berach 6th–7th centuries Connacht, Ireland Tarmonbarry; Cluain Coirpthe Founder of Tarmonbarry and Cluain Coirpthe. Disciple of Kevin and nephew of Freoch. Belonged to the Cenél nDobtha of the Uí Briúin. 15 February [16][27]
Blathmac 8th–9th centuries (d. 823) Ireland Iona Abbot of Iona, martyred by Danish Vikings, killed on altar steps of the abbey at Iona. [28]
Boadin Ireland Monk, moved to France. Known for kindness and living the Rule of Benedict. [29]
Boethian of Pierrepoint 7th century Ireland Pierrepoint Founder of Pierrepoint, disciple of Fursey. Martyred by rebellious monks. [30]
Brandan 5th century Ireland Monk, fought Pelagianism in Britain. Abbot in Gaul after fleeing. [31]
Breage 5th century Ireland Nun, follower of Brigit of Kildare. Settled by River Hayle, Dumnonia. [32]
Brendan of Clonfert 5th–6th centuries Tralee, Ireland Clonfert Founder of Clonfert, monk, and remembered as voyager to mysterious islands. 16 May [16][33]
Brendan mac Nemainn 6th century Irish Birr, Co. Offaly Meath saint. Founder of Birr and contemporary of the younger Brendan of Clonfert. Brendan later came to be regarded as one of the "Twelve Apostles of Ireland". 29 November [8]
Briarch 7th century (d. 627) Ireland abbot and founder of monastery in Brittany. Closely associated with Tudwal. [34]
Brigit of Kildare 5th–6th centuries Irish, of the Fothairt Kildare Leinster and Meath saint, but also a patron saint of Ireland. Founder and patron of Kildare. 1 February [35]
Bricín or Bricíne 7th century Ireland Tomregan (Túaim Dreccon), Co. Cavan. Abbot of Túaim Dreccon [36]
Broccán Clóen 7th century Ireland Ross Tuirc abbot of Ross Tuirc, Ossory, author of a hymn to St Brigit. [37]
Brón mac Icni 5th–6th centuries (d. 512) Connacht, Ireland Caisel Irrae Bishop of Cassel-lrra (Caisel Irrae), disciple and bishop of St Patrick. 8 June [16]
Brónach 5th–6th centuries (d. 512) Ulster, Ireland Kilbroney (Cell Brónche) Ulster saint. Her church was Cell Brónche (Kilbroney), later the parish church of Glen Seichis. 2 April [15][16]
Budoc 6th century at sea, off Brest Dol, Brittany Bishop of Dol, prince, fled to Ireland following exile from mother's kingdom. [38]
Buíte [Boetius] mac Brónaig 5th–6th centuries (d. 519/20) Monasterboice (Mainister Buíte) Meath saint, patron of Monasterboice. 7 December [8]
Buriana 6th century Ireland St Buryan Hermitess, known for holiness at Dumnonia, venerated at St Buryan. [39]
Caillín [Caillén] mac Niataig 6th century? Irish Fenagh, Co. Leitrim 13 November [8]
Caimín 7th century (d. 644?) Inis Celtra (Holy Island on Lough Derg) Munster saint 25 March [11]
Cainnech moccu Dálann 6th century (521/7 – 599/600) Aghaboe (Achad Bó Chainnig); Kilkenny (Cill Chainnig) Munster saint, founder and first abbot Aghaboe and Kilkenny in Osraige. 11 October [11]
Cairech Dergain 6th century (d. 577/9) Connacht saint 9 February [16]
Cairnech of Dulane 5th–6th centuries British (probable) Dulane (Tulén or Tuilián), Co. Meath Meath saint, who has been identified with Saint Carannog (Carantocus) 16 May [8]
Camulacus 5th century? British (probably) Rahan Meath saint whose status as patron saint of Rahan was later eclipsed by that of Mo Chutu. 16 May if he is identical to Mo Chamal [8]
Canir 6th century Munster saint [11]
Carthach mac Fianáin 6th century, late Munster saint 5 March [11]
Cellach of Armagh 11th–12th centuries (d. 1129) Archbishop of Armagh [40]
Céthech (Caetiacus, Cethiachus) 5th century Connacht saint 16 June [16]
Charles of Mount Argus 20th century (1821–1893) United Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ireland Mount Argus monastery Passionists 5 January [41]
Cianán mac Sétnai 5th century (d. 489) Irish, of the Ciannachta? Duleek, Co. Meath Meath saint, patron of Duleek. 24 November [8]
Ciarán mac int Shaír 6th century Irish, of the Cruithne of Latharnae Clonmacnoise (Cluain Moccu Nois); Inis Aingin Meath saint 9 September [8]
Ciarán of Saigir 5th century (450–500) Saigir Munster saint 5 March [11]
Cóemgen 7th century Glendalough, Co. Wicklow Leinster saint. Known as the founder of Glendalough (Co. Wicklow) 3 June [9]
Colcu ua Duinechda 8th century (d. 796) Irish Clonmacnoise (Cluain Moccu Nois) Meath saint, scribá, probably bishop of Clonmacnoise 20 February [8]
Colmán mac Léníne 6th century (530–606) Cloyne (Cluain Uama) Munster saint, patron of Cloyne 24 November [11]
Coirpre Crom mac Feradaig 9th century (d. 904) Irish Clonmacnoise (Cluain Moccu Nois) Meath saint, bishop of Clonmacnoise 6 March [8]
Colmán Elo 6th–7th centuries (d. 611) Irish, from an Ulster people Lynally (Lann Elo), Co. Westmeath; Connor Meath saint 26 September [8]
Colmán mac Luacháin 7th century Lynn (Lann), Co. Westmeath Meath saint [11]
Colum mac Crimthainn 6th century (d. 549) Irish, of the Leinster Uí Chremthannáin Terryglass (Tír Dá Glass); Inis Celtra Munster saint, said to have died of plague 13 December [11]
Columba Iona Abbot of Iona
Comgall mac Sétnai 6th century (511/16–602) Ulster saint 10 May [15]
Comgán mac Dá Cherda 7th century (d. 645) Munster saint [11]
Commán mac Fáelchon, Mo Chommóc 8th century (d. 747) south of Roscommon, among the Sogain Roscommon Connacht saint, patron saint of Roscommon. 26 December [16]
Cormac mac Eogain 6th century Connacht saint. [16]
Cormac ua Liatháin 6th century Irish, of the Uí Liatháin Durrow (probable resting place) Meath saint 21 June [8]
Cranat ingen Buicín 6th century Munster saint [11]
Crónán moccu Éile 7th century (d. 665) Roscrea (Ros Cré) Munster saint who founded Roscrea 28 April [11]
Crónán of Balla, see Mo Chua mac Bécáin
Cruithnechán 6th century Kilcronaghan Ulster saint. Cited as the fosterfather and teacher of Saint Columba. He founded the church of Kilcronaghan, which was named after him along with the local parish. 7 March [42][43]
Cuimín of Kilcummin Kilcummin Connacht saint [44]
Cumméne Find 7th century (d. 669) Iona abbot of Iona [18]
Cumméne Fota 6th century (c.591–662) Clonfert Connacht saint, successor of Brendan of Clonfert 12 November [16]
Daig mac Cairill 6th century (d. 587) Inishkeen (Inis Caín Dega) Ulster saint 18 August [15]
Dallán Forgaill
Déclán of Ardmore 5th century, late Ardmore Munster saint [11]
Derlugdacha 5th century, late Kildare monastery 2nd Abbess of Kildare Feb. 1st [45]
Díchu mac Trichim 5th century Ulster saint, of the Dál Fiatach 29 April [15]
Donnán Eigg
Dublitter 8th century (d. 796) Irish Finglas Meath saint; abbot, scholar and presumably bishop of Finglas; associated with the Céli Dé. 15 May [8]
Eithne and Sodelb 6th century Leinster Tech ingen mBóiti Leinster saints 29 March and other dates
Do Biu mac Comgaill 5th century? Inch (Inis Causcraid), Co. Down Ulster saint 22 July [15]
Dúnchad mac Cinn Fáelad 8th century (d. 717) Iona Abbot of Iona 25 March
Énda mac Conaill 6th century? Inismore (Inis Mór) Munster saint 21 March [11]
Énna mac Nuadhan 6th century? Emlaghfad, Co. Sligo Sligo saint 18 September [46]
Éogan mac Dega 6th century, late Ardstraw Ulster saint 23 August [15]
Erc mac Dega 5th–6th centuries (d. 513) Slane, Co. Meath Meath saint, patron of Slane 2 November [8]
Ercnat ingen Dáire 5th–6th centuries Duneane (Dún dá Én) Ulster saint 8 January [15]
Fachtna mac Mongaig 6th century Ross Carbery (Ros Ailithir) Munster saint 14 August [11]
Fáelán 8th century (fl. 734) Irish Cluain Móescna Meath saint 9 January [47]
Fáelán Amlabar, Fillan 7th–8th centuries (d. 724) Iona Abbot of Iona. 20 June [47]
Féchín moccu Cháe 7th century Irish, of contested origin Fore (Fobar), Co. Westmeath Meath saint 20 January [8]
Fergno Britt mac Faílbi (in Latin sources, Virgno) 7th century (d. 623) British, from southern Scotland (probably) Iona Abbot of Iona, probably a Briton 2 March [18]
Fiachra, Fiacre 7th century (middle) Ireland Breuil, Neustria Irish pilgrim who travelled to Breuil in Neustria. 30 August [48]
Fínán Cam mac Móenaig 6th–7th centuries Irish, of the Corcu Duibne Kinnitty (Cenn Étig), Co. Offaly Meath saint 7 April [8]
Findbarr mac Amairgin 6th century? Cork Munster saint 25 September [11]
Finnián mac Findloga 6th century (d. c. 550) Irish, of uncertain descent Clonard Meath and Leinster saint, who may have belonged to the Dál/Corcu Thelduib. Alternatively, it has been suggested that he was a localised version of Findbarr moccu Fiatach, an Ulster saint. 12 December
Findbarr moccu Fiatach 6th century (d. 579) Movilla Ulster saint 10 September [15]
Findchú mac Finnloga, Finnchú 7th century (d. 655/5) Brigown (Brí Gobann) Munster saint [11]
Finten, also Fintan, Munnu 7th century Taghmon (Tech Munnu), Co. Wexford Leinster saint. 21 October [9]
Fintan 6th century (d. 603?) Clonenagh (Cluain Ednech) Leinster saint. 17 February [9]
Flannán mac Toirrdelbaig 7th century Killaloe Munster saint, patron of Killaloe 18 December [11]
Funech 7th century, late Irish Clonbroney (Cluain Brónaig) Meath saint, probably founder and first abbess of Clonbroney 11 December [8]
Garald, Gerald 7th–8th centuries (d. 732) England Connacht saint. 12 March or 13 March [16]
Gibrian 5th–6th centuries Irish Reims, Saint-Gibrien, Chartreux One of a group of Irish siblings (including Abran) who are said to have settled in the Marne region in Merovingian times 8 May [49]
Gobnait 6th century? Ballyvourney (Móin Mór, Bairnech, Baile Mhuirne) Munster saint 11 February [11]
Grellán of Cráeb Grelláin 5th–6th centuries Cráeb Grelláin Connacht saint. 10 November [16]
Guasacht maccu Buáin 5th century, late Irish Granard, Co. Longford Meath saint, bishop of Granard. Two of his sisters are claimed to have founded Cluain Brónaig, though a rival claim makes Funech its founder. 24 January [8]
Iarlaithe mac Loga 6th century Tuam (Tuaimm dá Gualann) Connacht saint 25 December or 26 December [16]
Ibar mac Lugna 5th century (d. 500 / 501) Beggerin Island (Becc Ériu) Munster saint 23 April [11]
Íte ingen Chinn Fhalad 6th century (d. 570/77) Munster saint 15 January [11]
Lachtín mac Tarbín, also Lachtnaín or Mo Lachtóc 6th–7th centuries (d. 622/7) Freshford (Achad Úr); Ballyhoura Hills (Belach Febrat) Munster saint, abbot of Achad Úr (Freshford) and Belach Febrat (Ballyhoura Hills) 19 March [11]
Laisrén mac Decláin 6th century Inishmurray Connacht saint 12 August [16]
Laisrén mac Feradaig 6th century (d. 605) Iona Abbot of Iona [18]
Laisrén mac Nad Froích 6th century (d. 564) Devenish (Daiminis) Ulster saint, patron of Daiminis (Devenish) 12 September [15]
Lallóc 5th century Senles or Ard Senlis Connacht saint 6 February [16]
Laurence O'Toole (Lorcán Ua Tuathail)
Lommán mac Dalláin 5th–6th centuries British Trim Meath saint, patron of Trim. 17 February and 02014-10-0111 October [8]
Lonán mac Talmaig 5th–6th centuries British (on mother's side)? Trevet Meath saint 1 November [8]
Mac Caírthinn of Clogher 5th century (d. 506) Clogher Ulster saint 24 March [15]
Mac Creiche mac Pessláin 6th century, late Munster saint 11 August, but recently Garland Sunday [11]
Mac Cuilinn mac Cathmoga, also Maculinus or Cuindid 5th century Irish, of the Ciannachta? Lusk Meath saint 6 December [8]
Mac Nisse of Connor 5th–6th centuries (d' 507/508) Connor Ulster saint 3 September [15]
Máedóc of Ferns (also known as Aedan) 7th century (d. 625?) Inisbrefny, Ireland Ferns First Bishop of Ferns, learned under David at Deheubarth. 31 January [9][50]
Máel Brigte mac Tornáin 10th century (d. 927) Iona Abbot of Iona 22 February
Máel Cétair mac Rónáin] 6th–7th centuries? Munster saint 14 May [11]
Máel Ruain 8th century (d. 792) Tallaght Leinster saint. 7 July [9]
Malachy (Máel Máedoc Ua Morgair)
Manchán mac Silláin 7th century (d. 665) Irish Lemanaghan Meath saint 24 January [8]
Mainchín mac Setnai 6th century Munster saint 2 January [11]
Mél of Ardagh 5-6th centuries Irish Ardagh (Ardachad), Co. Longford, then in the kingdom of southern Tethbae Leinster saint 6 February [8]
Saint Midabaria 6th centuries Irish Bumlin, Strokestown,Co. Roscommon Connacht saint 22 February
Mo Chua mac Bécáin 7th century (d. 694) Balla Connacht saint 30 March [16]
Mo Chóe of Nendrum 5th century (d. 497) Nendrum Ulster saint 23 June [15]
Mo Chóemóc mac Béoáin 7th century (d. 656) Munster saint 13 March [11]
Mo Chutu of Lismore 7th century (d. 637) Lismore and Rahan Munster saint 14 May [11]
Mo Genóc 5th century? Kilglinn (Cell Dumai Glinn), Co. Meath Meath saint, patron of Cell Dumai Glinn (Kilglinn) in southern Brega 26 December [8]
Mo Ling 7th century (d. 697) St Mullins (Tech Moling) Leinster saint. Founder and abbot of St Mullins (Tech Moling) 17 June [51]
Mo Lua moccu Óche 6th–7th centuries (554–609) Killaloe and Clonfertmulloe Munster saint, abbot and founder of Killaloe [11]
Mo Lua of Kilmoluagh Kilmoluagh Connacht saint
Mochta, Mochtae 6th century (d. 535) British Louth, Co. Louth Meath saint 24 March [8]
Móenu or Moínenn 6th century (d. c. 572) British (probably) Clonfert Connacht saint, bishop of Clonfert 1 March [16]
Mo Laga mac Duib Dligid 6th century, late? Munster saint 20 January [11]
Moninne, Mo Ninne 6th century, first half Killevy Ulster saint, founder of Killevy 6 July [15]
Mucnoe (in Latin, Mucneus) 5th–6th centuries Connacht saint. According to Tírechán, buried at Domnach Mór. [16]
Muiredach mac Echdach 6th century Killala Connacht saint. Feast day: 12 August (in place of Mucnoe). 12 August [16]
Munis 5th century? Forgney (Forgnaide), Co. Westmeath, resting place Meath saint, bishop "in Forgnaide among the Cuircne". 18 December [8]
Muru mac Feradaig 7th century, first half Fahan Ulster saint 12 March [15]
Nath Í of Achonry 6th century Achonry Connacht saint
Nessán (Mo Nessóc) 6th century (d. 556) Mungret (Mungairit) Munster saint, of the Uí Fhidgeinte 25 July [11]
Odran or Odhran
Óengus of Tallaght 9th century (d. 824) Irish, ?Clonenagh Tallaght (Tamlacht) Author of the Félire Óengusso. 11 March [52]
Olcán 5th century Ulster saint 20 February [15]
Oliver Plunkett 17th century
Patrick 4th–5th centuries Most recognized patron saint of Ireland 17 March
Ronan of Locronan 6th century? Locronan and Quimper (Brittany) Irish pilgrim saint and hermit in western Brittany, eponymous founder of Locronan and co-patron of Quimper, together with its founder St Corentin. 1 June
Ruadán mac Fergusa Birn 6th century (d. 584) Lorrha (Lothra) Munster saint 15 April [11]
Sachellus 5th century Baislec Connacht saint [16]
Samthann ingen Díaráin 8th century Irish Clonbroney (Cluain Brónaig) Meath saint; abbess of Clonbroney 19 September [8]
Secundinus, Sechnall mac Restitiúit 5th century Continent? Dunshaughlin (Domnach Sechnaill) Meath saint, described as a bishop of St Patrick. 27 November [8]
Ségéne mac Fiachna 7th century (d. 652) Iona Abbot of Iona [18]
Senán mac Geirrcinn 6th century Scattery Island (Inis Cathaig) Munster saint' 1 March [11]
Sillán moccu Mind 6th–7th centuries (d. 610) Ulster saint 28 February [15]
Suibne moccu Urthrí 7th century (d. 657) Iona abbot of Iona [18]
Tigernach of Clones 6th century (d. 549) Clones Ulster saint 4 April [15]
Ultán moccu Chonchobair 7th century Irish Ardbraccan; Dál Conchobair Meath saint; abbot of Ardbraccan and bishop of Dál Conchobair 4 September [8]
Virgno, see Fergno Britt above


See also


Further reading

External links

  • Ancient Order of Hibernians — complete list of Ireland's saints
  • Catholic Online — Irish saints
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