Monday 20 June 2016

Saint Cassán of Cluain-Ratha, June 20

There seems to be some confusion over the date of the feast of Saint Cassán of Cluain-Ratha with a disagreement between earlier and later calendars. The earlier Martyrology of Tallaght records his feast at June 19, whereas the Martyrology of Donegal, compiled in the seventeenth century, records it at June 20. The feast also appears at June 20 in the twelfth-century Martyrology of Gorman, it does not appear at all in the Martyrology of Oengus at either date. Pádraig Ó Riain's Dictionary of Irish Saints lists several holy men of the name Casán, but none of them are linked to a June feast day. Canon O'Hanlon has no further details to bring us, so I do not know when or where this saint flourished:

St. Cassan, of Cluain-ratha.

At the 20th of June, we find the name Cassan, of Cluain-ratha, entered in the Martyrology of Donegal. The Martyrology of Tallagh gives this commemoration, at the previous day.

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