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1 St Énna of Aran, a shadowy but historical figure of the 6th century, whose feastday is 21 March. After a youth spent in warraiding, Énna entered the religious life, partially under the influence of his sister, St Fanchea (latinized from Fainche). He is thought to have visited Rome and to have founded churches in the Boyne valley. Against advice to choose more fertile ground, he established the monastery of Cill Éanna or Cill Éinne [Killeany] on the eastern side of Aranmore in the Aran Islands. He was known for the austerity and sanctity of his life. St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise was a key disciple. He is the patron saint of the nationalist school for boys, Saint Enda's [Sgoil/Scoil Éanna], founded by Patrick Pearse in 1908. See Charles Plummer (ed.), Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae, ii (Oxford, 1910), 60–75.

2 Husband of Dub, for whom Dublin is named.

3 One of three sons of Niall Noígiallach [of the Nine Hostages], but less distinguished than his brothers; Eógan (1) founded Tír Eógain [Tyrone], and Conall Gulban founded Tír Chonaill. Together the three brothers might also be known as the Three Collas.

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