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Muiredach of Killala

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Muiredach of Killala
Saint Muiredach as depicted in the east window of St Muredach's Cathedral, Ballina, created by Franz Mayer & Co.[1]
BornMuiredach mac Echdach
Feast12 August

Saint Muiredach mac Echdach, also known as Murtagh, was the founding Bishop of Killala, Ireland in the 6th century.

Muiredach is described as an old man of Patrick's family, and was placed at the head of the Church of Killala by St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland as early as 442 or 443.[2]

He was connected to the royal family of King Lóegaire mac Néill. He allegedly met with St. Columba in the year 575, in a town called Ballysadare. He probably resigned after a few years, and retired to an island off the Sligo coast in Donegal Bay.[citation needed]

The uninhabited island, Inishmurray, bears his name. He may also be the patron of the monastery that was on that island. He died there as a hermit, and his feast day is 12 August.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Galloway, Peter (1992). The Cathedrals of Ireland. Belfast: The Institute of Irish Studies. p. 25. ISBN 0-85389-452-3.
  2. ^ Healy, John. "Killala." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 8. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. 21 Mar. 2013