Thursday, 27 June 2013

Saint Dimman, June 27


June 27 is the feast of a Saint Dimman or Dioman about whom not much can be established with any certainty. Canon O'Hanlon quotes the 17th-century hagiologist Father John Colgan's opinion that he may have been a monk known to Saint Patrick. The name of Dimman is included in the earliest surviving Irish calendar, the Martyrology of Tallaght. The later Martyrology of Donegal describes him as a priest:

ST. DIMMAN OR DIOMAN.

AT this date, the Martyrology of Tallagh enters the name Dimman, as having been venerated. The Calendarist O'Clery states he was a Priest. One of St. Patrick's churches, in the territory of Dalriadia, was called Fothrath. This he committed to the care of two disciples, viz.: Cathbad, a priest, and Diman, a monk. Colgan thinks the latter may possibly be identified with the present St. Dimman or Dioman. In the Martyrology of Donegal, at June 27th, he is noticed as Dioman, a Priest.

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