ST. ABBAN, ABBOT IN IRELAND
HE was son of Cormac, king of Leinster, and of
Mella, sister to St. Ibar, who is said by ancient writers to have
preached in Ireland a little before the arrival of St. Patrick;
though others think he was consecrated bishop by St. Patrick. St.
Ibar having labored with zeal in the conversion of the pagans,
founded the monastery of Beg-erin, a small island on the coast of
Kinselach, in Leinster, where he died about the year 500, and is
honored on the 23d of April. After Ibar’s death, our saint, who
had been trained up in the monastery of Beg-erin, followed the steps
of his holy uncle, and converted a great number of idolaters. He
founded the monasteries of Kil-abbain in the north of Leinster, and
Magharnoidhe in Kinselach, and died in the former, towards the end of
the sixth century. See Usher, Antiq. Colgan, Act. SS. p. 610, et seq.