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(7th century),

Irish abbot or bishop. He is mentioned in three early Irish martyrologies and called ‘The Wise’, traditionally he is associated with Limerick, whose principal patron and first bishop he is claimed to be. But little can be known of him with certainty. He belonged to the clan of the Dal Cais, who lived near the west coast of Co. Clare (Ennistimon area); a ruling prince gave him the island of Limerick possibly in exchange for his claim to supremacy over his own people. Feast: 2 January.

M. Moloney, ‘Limerick's Patron’, North Munster Antiquarian Journal, vii (1957), 11–14;B.L.S., i. 20–1.

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