Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Saint Failbe of Killower, April 16

April 16 is the commemoration of Bishop Failbe of Killower in County Galway. The 17th-century hagiologist, Father John Colgan, sought to identify him with a bishop Fáilbe, for whom Saint Patrick had founded a church. Canon O'Hanlon can only bring these few details:

Saint Failbe or Falbe, Bishop.

The name of Failbe appears, in the Martyrology of Tallagh at the 16th day of April. By Colgan, as St. Falbe is called Bishop of Kill-Fore, or Fobhuir, while his festival is assigned to the 11th of January, or to the 16th of April. He is classed among the disciples of St. Patrick. The name of Failbhe is set down in the Martyrology of Donegal as having been venerated, on this day; but, it is not at all certain, when he flourished, or when he lived.

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2 comments:

  1. I'm grateful for the trouble you've gone through to collate all of this information. Well done. Though Australian, I have Irish shepherds in y blood and I do love Irish ecclesiology and hagiography. I particularly love Brendan of Clonfert, or Brendan the Navigator.

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  2. Thanks for your support, greetings from Ireland, will be posting an item on St Brendan and his sister Briga this year.

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