Saint Feichin

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Feichin, Saint, said to have been descended from Con the Hundred Fighter, was born early in the 7th century. Having finished his studies under St. Nathy, and being ordained for the priesthood, he retired to Fore, in the County of Westmeath, where he gathered round him a community of 300 monks. He founded another establishment on the island of Inishmaan, one of the Aran Islands, off the coast of Galway. Most of his life was passed in retirement and self-mortification, and he died of a pestilence that raged over Ireland in 665. His festival is the 20th January. This saint is venerated in Scotland as St. Vigeon.

Sources

119. Ecclesiastical History of Ireland: Rev. John Lanigan. 4 vols. Dublin, 1822.

234. Martyrology of Donegal: Edited by J. H. Todd, D.D., and William Reeves, D.D. (I.A.S.) Dublin, 1864.

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