ST. KIARAN, ABBOT IN IRELAND†
HE was converted by hearing a passage of the
gospel read at church. He put himself under the discipline of St.
Finian, who, admiring his great proficiency and fervor, foretold that
half the monasteries of Ireland would receive a rule from him.‡
St. Kiaran afterward founded a numerous monastery in the isle of
Inis-Aingean, which was bestowed on him by king Dermitius. Committing
the government of this house to another, he built, by the liberality
of the same king, another great monastery and school in West Meath,
called Cluain-Macnois,§ on the river Shannon, which soon became
a bishop’s see, Allemagne in his inaccurate Monasticon Hib.
thinks in the life-time of our saint; but Cummian, in his letter to
the abbot Segienus in the seventh century, does not give him the
title of bishop.1 The monastic rule, or as it is called in the Annals
of Ulster, the Law of Kiaran, was very austere.|| This saint died on
the 9th of September in 549, and was honored as chief patron of
Connaught in the same manner as St. Brigit was of Leinster. See his
Acts quoted by Usher, Antiq. p. 471, Suysken the Bollandist, t. 3,
Sept. p. 370 to 383. Sir James Ware, &c.