The Irish monastic founder is Saint Finnian of Clonnard. Saint Finnian was advised by an angel in Gaul to go to Ireland to renew his faith and belief, following in Patrick’s footsteps. Saint Finnian is often referred to as “the Patriarch of Irish Monasticism” and also as “the Teacher of the Saints.” Saint Finnian went to Ireland and tutored three thousand saints, twelve of whom are recognized as “the Apostles of Ireland,” including Columcille of Iona, Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, and Brendan the Navigator of Clonfert. He founded a large number of monasteries in Ireland, a preeminent one being that of Clonnard on the Boyne River in County Meath (Joyce 38-41).
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