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[Ir., fair-topped, fair-haired].

Name borne by eight saints of early Ireland, most notably the founder and patron of the diocese of Cork, whose feast-day is 25 September; also St Finnbarr of Inis Doimle, 4 July; St Finnbarr, more often Finnian, of Moville, 10 September. The saints should be distinguished from several minor legendary figures of the same name, e.g. the male of the Tuatha Dé Danann making the lewd remark to Eithne in Altrom Tige Dá Medar [Nurture of the House of Two Milk-Vessels]; see also BARR, SAINT and the unrelated FINNBHEARA, king of the fairies.

See Pádraig Ó Riain, Beatha Bharra: Saint Finbarr of Cork, The Complete Life (London, 1994).

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