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Name borne by as many as eleven early Irish saints, of whom the best-known is the early 7th-century Fínán Cam [squint-eyed], who founded a monastery at Kinnitty [Cenn Eitigh, Co. Offaly]. According to fabulous tradition he was conceived when his mother went swimming after dark and was impregnated by a salmon. He was also described as introducing wheat to Ireland. To be distinguished from Finnian and Finnán.

Subjects: Religion.

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