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1 Legendary king (d. 624) of Leinster who kills his own son Máel Fothartaig in Fingal Rónáin [How Rónán Slew His Son].

2 St Rónán Finn (d. ad 664) of Magheralin who is described as cursing Suibne in Buile Suibhne [The Frenzy of Suibne/Sweeney]. His feast-day is 22 May.

3 often Ronan the Silent. Irish anchorite who settled in Brittany, where he became a Christian evangelist through the example of his charity and patience. In anticipation of St Francis of Assisi, stories portray him as keeping a tame pet wolf. The association has caused many commentators to confuse him with the even more shadowy St Ruman of 6th-century Britain, who was accused of being a werewolf. Although not on the official calendar of saints, Rónán (3) has been venerated on 1 June. The town of Locronan in south-western Brittany, rich in both pre-Christian and early Christian associations, commemorates his name. The Breton-born Celticist and agnostic Ernst Renan claimed him as patron saint in 1889. See A. Thomas, S. Ronan et la Troménie (Paris, 1893).

4 Father and patronym of the Fenian hero Caílte mac Rónáin.

5 Sometimes confused with St Rúadán (1).

Subjects: Religion.

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