Mac Nisse of Connor

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Saint Mac Nisse[1] (died 514) was an early Irish saint known as the founder and first bishop-abbot of Connor (Irish: Condere, in what is now Co. Antrim). In the Tripartite Life of St. Patrick, he is said to have been a disciple of St. Olcán, Bishop of Armoy.

His story as known is largely legendary[2] He is said to have been baptized by Saint Patrick. Oengus Mac Nisse is thought to have been at Kells as a hermit earlier in his life.[3] He is considered the founder of Kells monastery.


Primary sources[edit]

  • Tripartite Life of St Patrick
  • Félire Óengusso
  • Annals of Ulster
  • Life of St. Nisse (Codex Salmanticensis), ed. W.W. Heist, Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae ex codice olim Salmanticensi nunc Bruxellensi. Brussels, 1965. p. 406. Short, late homily for the saint's festival (3 September) at Connor.