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Early Irish Saints

ISBN13: 9781782182962

ISBN10: 1782182969

Publisher: Columba Press (21 Mar. 2016)

Extent: 98 pages

Binding: Hardcover

Size: 21.4 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm

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  • 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.

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