Ten Other Major Irish Saints
Ireland, which was once known as the land of saints and scholars, has bred numerous saints, many of whom left their native country to Christianize the rest of Europe in the same fashion as St. Patrick. Here are but a few.
Feast day: Aug. 31
The founder of a great center of Celtic Christianity.
Feast day: May 16
Patron of boatmen, sailors, travelers, and whales.
Feast day: Feb. 1
Patron of babies, blacksmiths, cows and dairy workers, Ireland, midwives, poets, sailors, scholars, and travelers.
Feast day: June 9
Patron of bookbinders, Ireland, poets, and Scotland
Feast day: Nov. 23
It is no wonder that this saint's emblem is the bear, as he seems to have had a knack for causing trouble.
Feast day: Jan. 15
The revered teacher of St. Brendan.
Feast day: June 3
Patron of blackbirds, the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland, and Glendalough, Ireland.
Feast day: Sept. 9
A visionary who founded a great Irish monastery.
Feast day: Nov. 3
The first Irish saint to be canonized by a pope, in 1199.
St. Oliver Plunket
Feast day: July 11
The last Catholic martyr to die at Tyburn, he was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1975.