Friday 16 May 2014

Saint Fionnchadh, May 16

May 16 is the feastday of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, one of the most famous of all Irish saints. Canon O'Hanlon, however, brings us the details of a much less well-known saint who shares this date of commemoration with The Navigator, a Bishop called Fionnchadh:

St. Fionnchadh, Bishop.

An entry is found, regarding Findchad, a Bishop, in the Martyrology of Tallagh, at the 16th of May. The Bollandists simply note Findchadus Episcopus, from the same source, and for the same date. On this day was venerated Fionnchadh, Bishop, as we read in the Martyrology of Donegal.

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