Genealogy of St. Patrick

Now Patrick’s race was of the Britons of Dumbarton. Calpurn was his father’s name, a high priest was he. Otid (Potitus) was the name of his grandfather: he was a deacon. But Conchess was his mother’s name: daughter was she of Ochbas: of France was her race, that is, she was a sister of Martin’s. […]

Columba’s Birth Foretold

Noble, in sooth, was the kin of Colombcille as regards the world, to wit, of the kin of Conall son of Niall, is he. He had in right of kin, a choice of the sovereignty of Ireland, and it would have been given to him had he himself not put it from him for the […]

An Untimely Death

The Annals of the Four Masters record the dies natalis of St. Columba in the year 592, cheating the blessed man out of five whole years of his earthly life (though I am certain from my study of St. Adomnán’s Vita Columbæ that Columba would have been more than happy to give them up). St. Columba died […]

Our Ladye of Tryme

Updated 10 October 2012, 18:53. This post concerns a devotion to Our Lady that I suspect very, very few people are even aware. Hopefully this information will prove of interest to devotees and scholars of the Blessed Virgin. Interesting also is the record of vandalism against holy images by the Protestant Reformers as recorded in […]

Your Charioteer Should Always Be a Priest

At the end of the day everybody went apart out of the assembly for hospitality. There was a good man living on the bank of the river called Seir. He sent his slave to the assembly to call Brigit, saying to his household: “The holy maiden who performed the wonderful miracle in the assembly-place today, […]

The Greatness of Her Grace and the Proximity of Her Miracles

They come then to Tailtiu. Patrick was there. They were debating an obscure question there, namely a certain woman came to return a son to a cleric of Patrick’s household. Brón was the cleric’s name. “How has this been made out?”, said everyone. “Not hard”, said the woman. “I had come to Brón to have […]

Chronicon Scotorum, Annal CS432

Kal. vi. A.D. 432 From the death of the hero, Cucullainn, to this year, there are 431 years; from the death of Conchobhar Mac Nessa, 412 years. Patrick, i.e. the Archbishop, comes to Hibernia, and begins to baptize the Scoti, in the ninth year of Theodosius the younger, the first year of the episcopate of Sixtus, 45th […]

Without Admixture of Alien Blood

Know then, most Holy Father, that since the time when our early ancestors, the three sons of Milesius or Micelius of Spain, by God’s will came into Ireland (then destitute of all inhabitants) with a fleet of thirty ships from Cantabria, a city of Spain standing on the bank of the river Ebro or Hiberus […]

So They Compute in Their Chronicles

Patrick arrived in Ireland in the ninth year of the reign of Theodosius the Less and in the first year of the episcopate of Xistus, forty-second bishop of the Roman Church.  So Bede, Maxcellinus and Isidore compute in their chronicles. — Annals of Ulster, Year 432.