ST. IBAR, OR IVOR, BISHOP IN IRELAND
THE acts of St. Ibar, and some other monuments
say, that he was ordained bishop at Rome, and preached in Ireland
with St. Kiaran, St. Ailbeus, and St. Declan, a little before St.
Patrick arrived there; but others, quoted by Usher, tell us that St.
Ibar was consecrated bishop by St. Patrick. He preached in Meath and
Leinster, and built a monastery in Begerin, or Little Ireland, a
small island on the coast of Kenselach, (which was anciently a
considerable province of Leinster.) In this monastery he trained up,
with many others, St. Abban, his nephew by his sister Mella, married
to Cormac, king of Leinster. St. Abban was afterwards abbot of the
monastery of Magarnoide, in Kenselach. St. Ibar divided his time
between the labors of his apostolic mission in the country, and the
sweet repose of contemplation in his monastery, where he died about
the year 500, according to the Ulster annals. His relics were kept
with singular veneration in this monastery of Beg-erin. See Usher’s
Antiq. c. 16, p. 414, and Chron. ib. p. 515. Also Colgan’s MSS.