Fáilbe mac Pípáin

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Fáilbe mac Pípáin was the eighth abbot of Iona (fl. 669-679 ?). Failbe was of the same kindred as Columba, the Cenél Conaill, distantly related to him through their common ancestor Conall Gulban. We know from the writings of Adomnán that Failbe was at Iona when King Oswald of Northumbria visited sometime in the 630s. Little is known of his abbacy, but we do know he enjoyed a good relationship with his monk and successor, to whom he relayed information. Failbe died on March 22, 679


  • Sharpe, Richard, Adomnán of Iona: Life of St. Columba, (London, 1995)
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Abbot of Iona
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