Odran of Iona

(d. c. 563)

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(d. c.563).

British by birth, Odran was one of Columba's first companions on Iona, who died not long after his arrival. Columba saw in a vision Odran's soul ascending to heaven, after being fought over by angels and devils. The cemetery at Iona was called Reilig Orain in his memory.

Irish tradition makes him abbot of Meath and founder of Latteragh (Co. Tipperary). It is probable, but not certain, that the two traditions refer to the same person. Feast: 27 October.

A. O. and M. O. Anderson, Adomnan's Life of Columba (1961), p. 477; K.S.S., p. 426; B.T.A., iv. 209.

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