| Saint Aedan of Ferns
St. Aedan is known by many forms of the name: Maedoc, Aidan, or Mogue. He was born around 550 AD on an island in Ireland known as Inisbrefny. Today, the area is called Templeport, County Cavan. St. Aedan’s father was a tribal chief named, Setna and his mother’s name was Eithne.
The Miracle of Saint Aedan
Since the parents of St. Aedan did not have a boat, there was no way for them to transport baby Aedan to the mainland to be baptized. The legend has it that St. Aedan floated across the water on a large stone to a spot where St. Kilian awaited him. This miracle continues today with the holy water font of St. Mogue’s Church in Bawnboy making water from the same stone that carried Saint Aedan centuries ago.
St. Aedan – Founder of Monasteries
Monasteries in Drumlane, Ferns, and Wales were founded by St. Aedan and also thirty churches. He was also the first Bishop of the Diocese of Ferns. He is the patron saint of Ferns and Templeport Parish in County Cavan, Ireland.