Twelve Apostles of Ireland

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A list of Irish saints supposedly trained by Finnian at Clonard. In fact, some lived before his time, some were trained elsewhere, and Clonard did not have such a monopoly in producing important monks and apostles as this local tradition claimed. The saints in question are: Brendan of Birr, Brendan the Navigator, Canice, Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, Ciaran of Saighir, Columba, Colum of Tir da Glas, Laserian, Mobi of Glasnevin, Ninnaid of Inismacsaint, Ruadhan of Lothra, and Sinell of Cleenish.

The Irish Saints, pp. 165–9.

Subjects: Christianity.

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