St. Fintan of Clonenagh
Fionntán: either "white fire" or "white bull"
b. 524, d. February 17, 594/597.
A student of Saint Columbcille, he became a "green martyr" at the Slieve Bloom Mountains, near Maryborough, Queen's County. He then began the abbey at Clonenagh, where he attracted many followers, due to both his miracles and oratory skill, and is often called "Father of the Irish Monks."
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