Saturday, 9 September 2017

# Saints

Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise

A stained glass of St. Ciarán from St. Brendan's Church, BirrCounty Offaly, Ireland.
The 9th of September is the feast day of Saint Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, he is also known as Ciarán the Younger, or Ceran, Kieran and Queran. He is the patron saint of Connacht.

Saint Ciaran lived between 512 to 546 A.D. His father was a carpenter and he was born in Connacht Ireland. He was educated by a holy deacon who also baptised him. He would tend to the cattle but after this, he entered the Saint Finnian's monastery school to further his education, where he also became a monk. There he gained a reputation for performing miracles and learning aptitude. He mentored and tutored many of Ireland's Catholic Church founders.  Saint Ciaran left Clonard and founded Clonmacnoise Abbey that is in West Meath Ireland. The Abbey attracted thousands of students across Europe. Saint Ciaran is one of the first twelve bishops in Ireland consecrated by Saint Patrick and is also the first Irish-born saint.

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