ST. COLMAN, BISHOP OF DROMORE, C.
DROMORE, in the province of Ulster, sixty-three
miles from Dublin to the north, derives the succession of its bishops
from St. Colman, who was descended from the sept of the Arads, and
born in 516, according to bishop Usher. He was the first abbot of
Muckmore, in the county of Antrim, and afterwards chosen first bishop
of Dromore, a small see under Armagh, and not far distant from it.
Jocelin, in his life of St. Patrick, tells us that his eminent virtue
was foretold by St. Patrick; and his legend ascribes many miracles to
him, and the wonderful conversion of a great number of souls to God.
The ancient scholiast on the Ængussian Martyrology observes,
that he was also called Mocholmoc. He died about the year 610, on the
7th of June, on which his principal festival was kept, or, according
to some, on the 27th of October, on which he was also commemorated.
See Usher, Primord., p. 1126; Colgan in MSS., ad 7 Jun.; Ware, p.
257, and Baërt the Bollandist, t. 2 Junij, p. 24.