St. Brendan of Ireland
* Born St. Brendan of Ardfert and Clonfert
* for five years by St. Ita, the Bridgid of Munster
* Completed studying under St. Erc
* Ordained a priest in 512 A.D.
* St. Brendan built monasteries in Ardfert, and Shanakeel
(Baalynevinoorach) at the bottom of Brandon Hill. This
is where St. Brendan began his famous journey for the
Land of Delight.
* Established the See of Ardfert and founded a monastery
in Inis-da-druim which is now known as Coney Island,
County Clare - 550 A.D.
* Traveled to Wales, Iona, Kilbrandan, Kilbrennan Sound
* Established churches in Inchiquin, County Galway and
at Inishglora, County Mayo.
* St. Brendan's most famous church was in Clonfert in
557 A.D. where he is interred.
* St. Brendan feast day is May 16.
Prayer of St. Brendan
Help me to journey beyond the familiar
and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways
and break fresh ground with You.
of the mysteries, I trust You
to be stronger than each storm within me.
I will trust in the darkness and know
that my times, even now, are in Your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven,
and somehow, make my obedience count for You.
St. Brendan Remembered
Christians all over the world remember St. Brendan,
not only on his feast day but throughout the year. They
wear St. Brendan jewelry in honor of this Irish missionary.
Much information about St. Brendan has been embellished
upon through the ages, making his life one of legend
but his life as a missionary is true.
St. Brendan reached out to those who did not know Jesus
Christ, giving them the gift of His love. Wearing a
St. Brendan necklace expresses the gratitude Christians
have for his legendary journey and his part in the spread
of Christianity throughout Ireland and other parts of
Many Christians give St. Brendan medals as Baptism,
First Communion, and Confirmation gifts to children
named after the saint or with derivatives of his name: