Colmán Elo

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Saint Colmán Elo
Born 555
Died 26 September 611(611-09-26)
Venerated in Roman Catholicism
Feast 26 September

Saint Colmán Elo (555 – 26 September 611) was born in Glenelly, Ireland in what is now County Tyrone. He is famed in Irish hagiography.[1]


Colmán was founder and first Abbot of Muckamore, and from the fact of being titled as the successor (coarb) of Mac Nisse", is regarded as Bishop of Connor.[1]

Colmán studied under his maternal uncle, St. Columba, who procured for him the site of a monastery now known as Lynally (Lann Elo). Hence his designation of Colmán Elo or in Latinised form, Colmanellus. Subsequently he founded the Abbey of Muckamore, and was appointed Bishop of Connor. He is also known as St. Colmán Macusailni.

He was the author of Airgitir Crábaid, the earliest surviving example of Old Irish prose

Colmán is believed to be the real author of a work ascribed to Secundinus, The Hymn of St. Secundinus in praise of Saint Patrick.[2]

He died at Lynally on 26 September 611, the day his feast is celebrated.


  1. ^ a b PD-icon.svg "St. Elo Colman". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 
  2. ^ Carney, The Problem of St. Patrick, pp. 40–46.


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