Saint Ciarán

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  • Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise was founded by St. Ciarán, who was born around 512. His father was a man called Beoit and his mother was called Darerca. His father was a carpenter and chariot maker. Ciarán was born and reared in an area that is in the present-day Roscommon. He had a number of brothers and sisters. Some of them also entered the religious life.

After spending time in various monasteries, Ciarán eventually founded his monastery at Clonmacnoise in January of 544. However, in September of the same year, he became very ill with a plague and died, only a young man in his early thirties. His feast day is September 9, the date on which he died. Despite the young age at which he died, he had managed to found a monastic school whose fame would endure down the centuries.