Thursday, October 14, 2010

Saint Eoghan

Saint Eoghan

Also known as
Eugene
Eugenius
Owen
Tir Eoghain
Tyrone
Memorial
23 August
Profile
As a boy he was captured and enslaved by pirates, first to Britain, then to Brittany. Friend of Saint Tighernach. As an adult he escaped from the pirates, returned to Ireland, and became a monk. Abbot of Kilnamanagh Abbey, County Wicklow for 15 years. Retired as a hermit in the the Mourne valley, County Tyrone c.576; his piety attrached many would-be students. Spiritual teacher of Saint Kevin of Glendalough. First bishop of Ardstraw, c.581. He was considered its patron from the beginning; the see was moved to Derry in 1254, and Eoghan continued as a patron.
Born
6th century in Leinster, Ireland
Died
c.618 of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation
Patronage
diocese of Derry, Ireland

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