Sunday 15 June 2014

Saint Colman of Meelick, June 15

At June 15 we can add another Saint Colman to the long list of Irish saints so named, this one distinguished by the recording of both a patronymic and a locality alongside his name in the calendars. Below is Canon O'Hanlon's account, taken from Volume VI of his Lives of the Irish Saints:

St. Colman, Son of Corodran, of Meelick, County of Monaghan.

In the Martyrology of Tallagh, there is an entry, Colman Mac Corardain o Imleach Brean. The place and festival of this saint at Imlech Brenn is noticed under the parish of Emlagh or Imlagh, also called Imleach-Fia and Imlach-Beccain, in the barony of Lower Kells, and county of Meath.In the Martyrology of Donegal, we find St. Colman, son of Corodran, of Miliuc, in Dartrighe Coin-insi, was venerated at the 15th of June. The Meelick, in which this saint's memory had been celebrated, may have been situated within the barony of Dartry, in the western part of Monaghan County. Its ancient denomination was Dartraighe Coininnsi, which is said to mean Dartrey of the Dog's Island, and it now forms the barony of Dartery, in county of Monaghan. Yet, his place has been assigned to that part of Clones parish, which lies within the county of Fermanagh.

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