Saturday 28 June 2014

Saint Ernin of Cloonfinn, June 28

On June 28 the Irish calendars record the name of Saint Ernin of Cloonfinn. Canon O'Hanlon recorded the details of no less than twenty five saints of this name, indeed there is another Saint Ernin of Cluain recorded earlier this month on June 4. The problem is that both Cluain and Cluain finn are too generic a place name in Ireland to make any definitive identification, but Canon O'Hanlon gamely tries his best:

St. Ernin, of Cluain-finn.

At the 28th of June, we find set down in the Martyrology of Tallagh, a festival in honour of Ernine, Cluain-find. There is a Clonfane, a townland in the parish of Kinawley, barony of Knockninny, and county of Fermanagh; and another town land similarly named, in the parish of Moymet, barony of Upper Navan, and county of Meath. There is a Clonfinane, in the parish of Loughkeen, barony of Lower Ormond, and county of Tipperary. There is a Clonfinlogh parish, in the barony of Clanwilliam, in the same county. There is a Clonfinlough, in the parish of Clonmacnoise, barony of Garrycastle, and King's County. There is a Clonfinnan, in the parish of Dulane, barony of Upper Kells, and county of Meath. There is a Cloonfin in the parish of Granard, barony of Granard, and county of Longford. There is also a Cloonfineen in the parish of Kiltullagh, barony of Castlerea, and county of Roscommon. There is a Cloonfinlough, in a parish of the same name, barony and county of Roscommon. There is a Cloonfinnan, in the parish and barony of Mohill, county of Letrim. Again, there is a Cloonfinnaun in the parish of Kilconduff, barony of Gallen, and county of Mayo. These are the only townland names in Ireland, that may be suspected to be identical in etymology with the place here named, and which does not as yet appear to have been identified.  In the Martyrology of Donegal at the 28th of June, the feast of St. Ernin of Cloonfinn is found.

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