Monday, 15 July 2013

Saint Comman, Son of Diomma, July 15

On July 15 the Irish calendars record the memory of a holy man, Comman, son of Diomma, but as Canon O'Hanlon explains below, he is one of the many Irish saints about whose life no other details have survived:


St. Comman, Son of Diomma, or Dimmai.

The lonely hills and solitudes of our Island were once peopled with devoted men, who were engaged in celebrating the praises of God, although it is now difficult to know where the exact dwelling places of many had been. In the Martyrology of Tallagh, at the 15th of July, there is an entry of Comman Mac Dimmai. We find registered the name Comman, son of Diomma, in the Martyrology of Donegal, at the same date, but no further particulars are given.

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