Saints & Scholars

Irish Saints

Palladius (c.363 – 457 a.d) Ireland’s 1st bishop

Palladuis was an early Irish missionary and the first bishop of Ireland. He was probably of British or Roman descent and the immediate predecessor to St. Patrick by about 30 years. He was possibly a [...]

St Patrick (c.387 – c.460 a.d) Shamrocks & Snakes

Saint Patrick, the son of a Welsh Roman and a former slave was born in c.387 a.d and died 460 a.d. He is the primary patron saint of Ireland and is credited with bringing [...]

St Bridget (451 – 525 a.d) Ireland’s first spice girl

Saint Brigit of Kildare is one of Ireland's patron saints along with Patrick and Columba. Her name is also variously spelled as Brigid, Bridget, Bridgit, Bríd, and Bride and is sometimes also known as Mary [...]

St Ciaran (516 – 544 a.d) lived fast died young

Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise was supposedly the son of a carpenter and was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. His name has produced many variant spellings, including Ceran, Kieran and Queran. He was born [...]

St Columba (521 – 597 a.d) carrying the faith beyond Ireland

Saint Columba was an Irish abbot and missionary. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He was highly regarded by both the [...]

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