(d. c. 584)

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(d. c.584),

founder and abbot of Lothra (Co. Tipperary). Reputedly of royal Munster stock, he was educated at Clonard and is sometimes claimed as a bishop and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. His monastery is said to have numbered 150 monks. An ancient oratory, on to which the parish church of Lothra has been built, may be his. His Lives are all late and unreliable: one famous episode is that in which he indulged in a cursing match with the secular rulers of Tara so efficaciously that Tara was ruined and deserted. His hand was preserved in a silver shrine at Lothra until the Reformation. Feast: 15 April, mentioned in the Martyrology of Oengus.

AA.SS. Apr. II (1675), 382–6; V.S.H., ii. 240–52; The Irish Saints, pp. 280–1.

Subjects: Religion.

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