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.
|Abbán moccu Corbmaic||5th–6th centuries (d. 520?)||Leinster, Ireland||Adamstown (Mag Arnaide), County Wexford
Killabban (Cell Abbáin), County Laois
|Leinster and Munster saint||16 March or 27 October|||
|Abel of Reims||8th century||Ireland?||Bishop of Reims. Irish origins are questionable.||5 August (Bollandists)|||
|Abran||5th–6th centuries (d. 515)||Ireland||Sailed to Brittany with siblings, lived as hermit by Marne River.|||
|Adalgis||7th century (d. 686)||Ireland||Worked as a missionary in Arras and Laon, was a disciple of Fursey.|||
|Adomnán||7th century (d. 704)||Ireland||Iona||Abbot of Iona, politically active churchman, writer; promulgated the Cáin Adomnáin.|||
|Adomnán of Coldingham||7th century (d. 680)||Ireland||Confessor, prophet, monk at Coldingham. Noted for the gift of prophecy.|||
|Áed mac Bricc||6th century||Irish, of the Cenél Fiachach||Rahugh and Killare, County Westmeath, and Slieve Leagu, County Donegal||Meath saint||10 November|||
|Áed of Clonmore||7th century (d. 659?)||Irish, of the Uí Dúnlainge dynasty, north Leinster||Clonmore (Cluain Mór Máedóc), County Carlow||Leinster saint||11 April|||
|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.|||
|Ailbe of Emly||6th century (d. 534?)||Munster, Ireland||Emly||First Bishop of Emly.||12 September|||
|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.|||
|Andrew the Scot||9th century||Ireland||Fiesole, Tuscany||Archdeacon at Fiesole in Tuscany, studied under Donatus. Gave to the poor.|||
|Assicus (Tassach)||5th century||Ireland||Elphin||Ulster saint, first Bishop of Elphin, converted by Patrick, smith and bellfounder to Patrick.||14 April|||
|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|||
|Autbod||7th century||Ireland||Valcourt||Missionary and patron of Valcourt, known for miraculous fever cure.|||
|Baíthéne||6th century (d. 598)||Ireland||Iona; Mag Lunge||Abbot of Iona and disciple of Columba; earlier abbot of Mag Lunge on Tiree.|||
|Balin||7th century||Northumbria||Gerald of Mayo's brother, disciple of Colmán, resided in Connacht.|||
|Balthere||8th century (d. 756)||Ireland||Hermit and priest, moved to Lindisfarne, known as Apostle of the Lothians.|||
|Barrfoin||6th century||Ireland||Drum Cullen, County Offaly||missionary at Drum Cullen. Friend of Columba. Joined voyage of Brendan.|
|Banban the Wise||5th century||Ireland||Templeport, County Cavan||missionary at Templeport. Cousin of Saint Patrick.|||
|Bécán||6th century||Ireland||Kilbeggan, County Westmeath||Founder of Kilbeggan, Westmeath worked in a monastery there.|||
|Bega||Ireland||princess, valued virginity, moved to Northumbria to avoid pirates.|||
|Benignus of Armagh||5th century||Meath, Ireland||Patrick's psalm-singer, favourite disciple, helped compile Senchus Mór.|||
|Béoáed mac Ocláin||6th century (d. 520/4)||Connacht, Ireland||Ardcarne (Ard Carna)||Bishop of Ardcarne||7 March or 8 March|||
|Beoán, Mo Bheóc||?||Ireland||Ard Camrois/Ard Cáinrois, Munster; Ros Caín, Connacht.||Munster and Connacht saint||16 December|||
|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|||
|Beoc||5th century||Ireland||Lough Derg, County Donegal||Founded St Patrick's Purgatory monastery at Lough Derg, Donegal.|||
|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|||
|Blathmac||8th–9th centuries (d. 823)||Ireland||Iona||Abbot of Iona, martyred by Danish Vikings, killed on altar steps of the abbey at Iona.|||
|Boadin||Ireland||Monk, moved to France. Known for kindness and living the Rule of Benedict.|||
|Boethian of Pierrepoint||7th century||Ireland||Pierrepoint (France)||Founder of Pierrepoint (France), disciple of Fursey. Martyred by rebellious monks.|||
|Brandan||5th century||Ireland||Monk, fought Pelagianism in Britain. Abbot in Gaul after fleeing.|||
|Breage||5th century||Ireland||Nun, follower of Brigit of Kildare. Settled by River Hayle, Dumnonia.|||
|Brendan of Clonfert||5th–6th centuries||Tralee, Ireland||Clonfert||Founder of Clonfert, monk, and remembered as voyager to mysterious islands.||16 May|||
|Brendan mac Nemainn||6th century||Irish||Birr, County 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|||
|Briarch||7th century (d. 627)||Ireland||abbot and founder of monastery in Brittany. Closely associated with Tudwal.|||
|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|||
|Bricín or Bricíne||7th century||Ireland||Tomregan (Túaim Dreccon), County Cavan.||Abbot of Túaim Dreccon|||
|Broccán Clóen||7th century||Ireland||Ross Tuirc||abbot of Ross Tuirc, Ossory, author of a hymn to St Brigit.|||
|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|||
|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|||
|Budoc||6th century||at sea, off Brest||Dol, Brittany||Bishop of Dol, prince, fled to Ireland following exile from mother's kingdom.|||
|Buíte [Boetius] mac Brónaig||5th–6th centuries (d. 519/20)||Monasterboice (Mainister Buíte)||Meath saint, patron of Monasterboice.||7 December|||
|Buriana||6th century||Ireland||St Buryan||Hermitess, known for holiness at Dumnonia, venerated at St Buryan.|||
|Caillín [Caillén] mac Niataig||6th century?||Irish||Fenagh, County Leitrim||13 November|||
|Caimín||7th century (d. 644?)||Inis Celtra (Holy Island on Lough Derg)||Munster saint||25 March|||
|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|||
|Cairech Dergain||6th century (d. 577/9)||Connacht saint||9 February|||
|Cairnech of Dulane||5th–6th centuries||British (probable)||Dulane (Tulén or Tuilián), County Meath||Meath saint, who has been identified with Saint Carannog (Carantocus)||16 May|||
|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|||
|Canir||6th century||Munster saint|||
|Carthach mac Fianáin||6th century, late||Munster saint||5 March|||
|Cellach of Armagh||11th–12th centuries (d. 1129)||Archbishop of Armagh|||
|Céthech (Caetiacus, Cethiachus)||5th century||Connacht saint||16 June|||
|Charles of Mount Argus||20th century (1821–1893)||United Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ireland||Mount Argus monastery||Passionists||5 January|||
|Cianán mac Sétnai||5th century (d. 489)||Irish, of the Ciannachta?||Duleek, County Meath||Meath saint, patron of Duleek.||24 November|||
|Ciarán mac int Shaír||6th century||Irish, of the Cruithne of Latharnae||Clonmacnoise (Cluain Moccu Nois); Inis Aingin||Meath saint||9 September|||
|Ciarán of Saigir||5th century (400–500)||Of the Dal Birn of Ossory, raised in Cape Clear Island.||Saighir||Kingdom of Ossory saint||5 March|||
|Cóemgen||7th century||Glendalough, County Wicklow||Leinster saint. Known as the founder of Glendalough (Co. Wicklow)||3 June|||
|Colcu ua Duinechda||8th century (d. 796)||Irish||Clonmacnoise (Cluain Moccu Nois)||Meath saint, scribá, probably bishop of Clonmacnoise||20 February|||
|Colmán mac Léníne||6th century (530–606)||Cloyne (Cluain Uama)||Munster saint, patron of Cloyne||24 November|||
|Coirpre Crom mac Feradaig||9th century (d. 904)||Irish||Clonmacnoise (Cluain Moccu Nois)||Meath saint, bishop of Clonmacnoise||6 March|||
|Colmán Elo||6th–7th centuries (d. 611)||Irish, from an Ulster people||Lynally (Lann Elo), County Westmeath; Connor||Meath saint||26 September|||
|Colmán mac Luacháin||7th century||Lynn (Lann), County Westmeath||Meath saint|||
|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|||
|Columba||Iona||Abbot of Iona|
|Comgall mac Sétnai||6th century (511/16–602)||Ulster saint||10 May|||
|Comgán mac Dá Cherda||7th century (d. 645)||Munster saint|||
|Commán mac Fáelchon, Mo Chommóc||8th century (d. 747)||south of Roscommon, among the Sogain||Roscommon||Connacht saint, patron saint of Roscommon.||26 December|||
|Cormac mac Eogain||6th century||Connacht saint.|||
|Cormac ua Liatháin||6th century||Irish, of the Uí Liatháin||Durrow (probable resting place)||Meath saint||21 June|||
|Cranat ingen Buicín||6th century||Munster saint|||
|Crónán moccu Éile||7th century (d. 665)||Roscrea (Ros Cré)||Munster saint who founded Roscrea||28 April|||
|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|||
|Cuimín of Kilcummin||Kilcummin||Connacht saint|||
|Cumméne Find||7th century (d. 669)||Iona||abbot of Iona|||
|Cumméne Fota||6th century (c.591–662)||Clonfert||Connacht saint, successor of Brendan of Clonfert||12 November|||
|Daig mac Cairill||6th century (d. 587)||Inishkeen (Inis Caín Dega)||Ulster saint||18 August|||
|Déclán of Ardmore||5th century, late||Ardmore||Munster saint|||
|Derlugdacha||5th century, late||Kildare monastery||2nd Abbess of Kildare||Feb. 1st|||
|Díchu mac Trichim||5th century||Ulster saint, of the Dál Fiatach||29 April|||
|Dublitter||8th century (d. 796)||Irish||Finglas||Meath saint; abbot, scholar and presumably bishop of Finglas; associated with the Céli Dé.||15 May|||
|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), County Down||Ulster saint||22 July|||
|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|||
|Énna mac Nuadhan||6th century?||Emlaghfad, County Sligo||Sligo saint||18 September|||
|Éogan mac Dega||6th century, late||Ardstraw||Ulster saint||23 August|||
|Erc mac Dega||5th–6th centuries (d. 513)||Slane, County Meath||Meath saint, patron of Slane||2 November|||
|Ercnat ingen Dáire||5th–6th centuries||Duneane (Dún dá Én)||Ulster saint||8 January|||
|Ernan (4 Saints)||6th-7th centuries|
|Fachtna mac Mongaig||6th century||Ross Carbery (Ros Ailithir)||Munster saint||14 August|||
|Fáelán||8th century (fl. 734)||Irish||Cluain Móescna||Meath saint||9 January|||
|Fáelán Amlabar, Fillan||7th–8th centuries (d. 724)||Iona||Abbot of Iona.||20 June|||
|Féchín moccu Cháe||7th century||Irish, of contested origin||Fore (Fobar), County Westmeath||Meath saint||20 January|||
|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|||
|Fiachra, Fiacre||7th century (middle)||Ireland||Breuil, Neustria||Irish pilgrim who travelled to Breuil in Neustria.||30 August|||
|Fínán Cam mac Móenaig||6th–7th centuries||Irish, of the Corcu Duibne||Kinnitty (Cenn Étig), County Offaly||Meath saint||7 April|||
|Findbarr mac Amairgin||6th century?||Cork||Munster saint||25 September|||
|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|||
|Findchú mac Finnloga, Finnchú||7th century (d. 655/5)||Brigown (Brí Gobann)||Munster saint|||
|Finten, also Fintan, Munnu||7th century||Taghmon (Tech Munnu), County Wexford||Leinster saint.||21 October|||
|Fintan||6th century (d. 603?)||Clonenagh (Cluain Ednech)||Leinster saint.||17 February|||
|Flannán mac Toirrdelbaig||7th century||Killaloe||Munster saint, patron of Killaloe||18 December|||
|Funech||7th century, late||Irish||Clonbroney (Cluain Brónaig)||Meath saint, probably founder and first abbess of Clonbroney||11 December|||
|Garald, Gerald||7th–8th centuries (d. 732)||England||Connacht saint.||12 March or 13 March|||
|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|||
|Gobhan - Gobban
Gobban Find mac Lugdach
|6th-7th centuries||Leinster - Ulster||Old Leighlin Killamery Portadown||Abbot and founder of St Laserian's Cathedral, Old Leighlin||6 December|||
|Gobnait||6th century?||Ballyvourney (Móin Mór, Bairnech, Baile Mhuirne)||Munster saint||11 February|||
|Grellán of Cráeb Grelláin||5th–6th centuries||Cráeb Grelláin||Connacht saint.||10 November|||
|Guasacht maccu Buáin||5th century, late||Irish||Granard, County 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|||
|Iarlaithe mac Loga||6th century||Tuam (Tuaimm dá Gualann)||Connacht saint||25 December or 26 December|||
|Ibar mac Lugna||5th century (d. 500 / 501)||Beggerin Island (Becc Ériu)||Munster saint||23 April|||
|Íte ingen Chinn Fhalad||6th century (d. 570/77)||Munster saint||15 January|||
|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|||
|Laisrén mac Decláin||6th century||Inishmurray||Connacht saint||12 August|||
|Laisrén mac Feradaig||6th century (d. 605)||Iona||Abbot of Iona|||
|Laisrén mac Nad Froích||6th century (d. 564)||Devenish (Daiminis)||Ulster saint, patron of Daiminis (Devenish)||12 September|||
|Lallóc||5th century||Senles or Ard Senlis||Connacht saint||6 February|||
|Laurence O'Toole (Lorcán Ua Tuathail)|
|Lommán mac Dalláin||5th–6th centuries||British||Trim||Meath saint, patron of Trim.||17 February and 11 October|||
|Lonán mac Talmaig||5th–6th centuries||British (on mother's side)?||Trevet||Meath saint||1 November|||
|Mac Caírthinn of Clogher||5th century (d. 506)||Clogher||Ulster saint||24 March|||
|Mac Creiche mac Pessláin||6th century, late||Munster saint||11 August, but recently Garland Sunday|||
|Mac Cuilinn mac Cathmoga, also Maculinus or Cuindid||5th century||Irish, of the Ciannachta?||Lusk||Meath saint||6 December|||
|Mac Nisse of Connor||5th–6th centuries (d' 507/508)||Connor||Ulster saint||3 September|||
|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|||
|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|||
|Máel Ruain||8th century (d. 792)||Tallaght||Leinster saint.||7 July|||
|Malachy (Máel Máedoc Ua Morgair)|
|Manchán mac Silláin||7th century (d. 665)||Irish||Lemanaghan||Meath saint||24 January|||
|Mainchín mac Setnai||6th century||Munster saint||2 January|||
|Mél of Ardagh||5-6th centuries||Irish||Ardagh (Ardachad), County Longford, then in the kingdom of southern Tethbae||Leinster saint||6 February|||
|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|||
|Mo Chóe of Nendrum||5th century (d. 497)||Nendrum||Ulster saint||23 June|||
|Mo Chóemóc mac Béoáin||7th century (d. 656)||Munster saint||13 March|||
|Mo Chutu of Lismore||7th century (d. 637)||Lismore and Rahan||Munster saint||14 May|||
|Mo Genóc||5th century?||Kilglinn (Cell Dumai Glinn), County Meath||Meath saint, patron of Cell Dumai Glinn (Kilglinn) in southern Brega||26 December|||
|Mo Ling||7th century (d. 697)||St Mullins (Tech Moling)||Leinster saint. Founder and abbot of St Mullins (Tech Moling)||17 June|||
|Mo Lua moccu Óche||6th–7th centuries (554–609)||Killaloe and Clonfertmulloe||Munster saint, abbot and founder of Killaloe|||
|Mo Lua of Kilmoluagh||Kilmoluagh||Connacht saint|
|Mochta, Mochtae||6th century (d. 535)||British||Louth, County Louth||Meath saint||24 March|||
|Móenu or Moínenn||6th century (d. c. 572)||British (probably)||Clonfert||Connacht saint, bishop of Clonfert||1 March|||
|Mo Laga mac Duib Dligid||6th century, late?||Munster saint||20 January|||
|Moninne, Mo Ninne||6th century, first half||Killevy||Ulster saint, founder of Killevy||6 July|||
|Mucnoe (in Latin, Mucneus)||5th–6th centuries||Connacht saint. According to Tírechán, buried at Domnach Mór.|||
|Muiredach mac Echdach||6th century||Killala||Connacht saint. Feast day: 12 August (in place of Mucnoe).||12 August|||
|Munis||5th century?||Forgney (Forgnaide), County Westmeath, resting place||Meath saint, bishop "in Forgnaide among the Cuircne".||18 December|||
|Muru mac Feradaig||7th century, first half||Fahan||Ulster saint||12 March|||
|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|||
|Odran or Odhran|
|Óengus of Tallaght||9th century (d. 824)||Ossory saintClonenagh||Tallaght (Tamlacht)||Author of the Félire Óengusso.||11 March|||
|Olcán||5th century||Ulster saint||20 February|||
|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|||
|Sachellus||5th century||Baislec||Connacht saint|||
|Samthann ingen Díaráin||8th century||Irish||Clonbroney (Cluain Brónaig)||Meath saint; abbess of Clonbroney||19 September|||
|Scuithin||6th-7th centuries||Leinster||Castlewarren County Kilkenny(Ossory)||Strong Welsh connections with St David||2 January|||
|Secundinus, Sechnall mac Restitiúit||5th century||Continent?||Dunshaughlin (Domnach Sechnaill)||Meath saint, described as a bishop of St Patrick.||27 November|||
|Ségéne mac Fiachna||7th century (d. 652)||Iona||Abbot of Iona|||
|Senán mac Geirrcinn||6th century||Scattery Island (Inis Cathaig)||Munster saint'||1 March|||
|Sillán moccu Mind||6th–7th centuries (d. 610)||Ulster saint||28 February|||
|Suibne moccu Urthrí||7th century (d. 657)||Iona||abbot of Iona|||
|Tigernach of Clones||6th century (d. 549)||Clones||Ulster saint||4 April|||
|Ultán moccu Chonchobair||7th century||Irish||Ardbraccan; Dál Conchobair||Meath saint; abbot of Ardbraccan and bishop of Dál Conchobair||4 September|||
|Virgno, see Fergno Britt above|
|Serapion of Algiers||1179-1240||Irish||Mercedarian martyr; canonized by Pope Benedict XIII||14 November|
- This column covers the religious houses which are strongly associated with the saint, e.g. because he or she was remembered or promoted as the founder and/or patron of a church. The modern name of the town or parish named after the church is given first, followed by the medieval Irish name where possible and by the county in which it is located today.
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