Citation from the Martyrology of Donegal

(written in 1630 completed on April 19)

“Patrick, noble Apostle of the island of Erinn, and head of the religion of the Gaeidhill,    the first primate ,and the first legate who was appointed in Erinn; and it was he, moreover,  that brought the people of Erinn, both men and women,  from the darkness of sins, and vices ,and paganism, tothelight of faith, and  piety, and knowledge  of the Lord.  Three hundred and fifty holy bishops, andthree hundred priests,  was  the  number on  whom he  conferred orders.   Three hundred  alphabets he  wrote,  and  three hundred churches he  erected,  as these verses prove:

“Seven times  fifty  holy  learned  bishops This    holy  man consecrated, With three  hundred  virgin presbyters, Upon whom  he conferred  orders; “Three hundred  alphabets he wrote, (church consecrations) Beautiful was the touch of his hand; Three    hundred beautiful churches he founded, He raised them from  the ground.”

It is he, moreover, that remained from Shrovetide till Easter without food, as is (stated) in his own Life, and as Cuimin of Coindere proves in the poem whose begtinning is:

“Patrick of the fort of Mach, loved, Son of Calpurn of high rule, From Shrovetide till Easter (to be) without food, No Penance was greater than his penances.”

Innumberable also was  the number of signs and miracles he performed; by resuscitating    the dead from death; by curing lepers, and the blind, and the lame, and people of  every disease in like manner.  Two years and six socre was his age when he  resigned his spirit     in the year 493.  Bishop Tasach was he who gave the body of Christ to Patrick.

The life of Ciaran of Cluain states, Chap. 8 that the Order of Patrick was one of the eight oders  which are in Erinn. ( The Martyrology of Donegal, Trans:John O’Donovan, Eds. James Henthorn Todd, William Reeves,IIACS,Dublin,1864.)