Early Irish Saints


These short popular essays on fourteen well-known and well-loved early Irish saints present a very readable and informative amalgam of often scarce historical fact and much folklore and legend from the tradition of the people. Fr ó Ríordáin introduces the book with an overview of the sources for information on these saints which includes a most informative and helpful commentary on what the authors of the early lives of the saints saw as their function something very different from the function of a modern day biographer. The result is a series of very lively pen-pictures which reverberate with the traditional faith and insights of the people who kept these stories alive for over a millennium.

The saints include Patrick, Brigid, Colmcille, Enda, Brendan the Navigator, Cummian the Tall, Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, Ninnidh, Ita, Kevin, Adomnán, Cainnech, Columbanus and Gall.

This book is in hardback format and measures 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm.





  • Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Weight: 240 g
  • Author: John J. ó Ríordáin
  • Publisher: Columba Books
  • Pages: 92
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781782182962