Saturday 11 January 2014

Saint Anfadan of Glendalough, January 11

At January 11 we commemorate one of the successors to Saint Kevin of Glendalough, Bishop Anfadan. He is recorded in the very earliest of the Irish Martyrologies but Canon O'Hanlon is unable to pin down definitively when he flourished:

St. Amphadhan, or Anfadan, Bishop of Glendalough, County of Wicklow.

We can only discover, in reference to this holy successor of St. Kevin, that an entry is made in the Martyrology of Tallagh, at the 11th of January, Anfadan, Bishop of Glendalough. The period of this bishop's rule, we have not been able to ascertain. In the Annals of the Four Masters, there is mention of Anfadan, Abbot of Linn-Duachail, who died A.D. 758, but he does not appear to have had any connection with Glendalough. We read, likewise, in the Martyrology of Donegal on this day, about an Amphadhan, Bishop of Gleanndaloch. His name has been Latinized, Amphianus, in a table following the Martyrology proper.

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