These short popular essays on fourteen well-known and well-loved early Irish saints present a very readable and informative amalgam of often scarce historical fact and much folklore and legend from the tradition of the people.
Fr ó Ríordáin introduces the book with an overview of the sources for information on these saints which includes a most informative and helpful commentary on what the authors of the early Lives of the saints saw as their function something very different from the function of a modern day biographer. The result is a series of very lively pen-pictures which reverberate with the traditional faith and insights of the people who kept these stories alive for over a millennium.
The saints include Patrick, Brigid, Colmcille, Enda, Brendan the Navigator, Cummian the Tall, Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, Ninnidh, Ita, Kevin, Adomnán, Cainnech, Columbanus and Gall.
John J O Ríordáin C.Ss.R
John J. ó Ríordáin is a member of the Redemptorist community. He was born in Kiskeam, Co. Cork, and was educated in Limerick, Galway, Seattle and Montreal. He is a missioner and adult development facilitator working mainly, but not exclusively, in Ireland.