Sunday, 5 May 2013

Saint Faelan Finn of Kilcolumb, May 5

A County Kilkenny saint is commemorated on May 5. Apart from the recording of his name in the Irish calendars, we know nothing else of Saint Faelan Finn, as Canon O'Hanlon explains:


The name of St. Feilan, in the Martyrology of Tallagh, at this date, as also in that of Marianus O'Gorman, with the adjunct Finn, "fair" or "white," has Kill-Colma attached, as if this were his place. The locality has been identified with Killcolumb, barony of Ida, county of Kilkenny. The Bollandists refer to the Martyrology of Tallagh, for the feast of Foelanus Candidus de Kill-Colma, at the 5th of May. He is commemorated, likewise, in the Martyrology of Marianus O'Gorman. It is mentioned in the Martyrology of Donegal, that Faelan Finn, of Cill Cholmai, was venerated on this day.

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