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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839

Parish of Moynoe (d)

VI of January.
Of St. Diman, Bishop of Connor.
AA. SS. p.16.

This St. Diman lived at the time that the Irish differed from the Romans with regard to the time of celebrating Easter. Wherefore for the sake of settling some disputes which arose on the subject, and gaining over the Irish to the Roman Custom, Pope John the Fourth wrote to him and other Bishops [15] Abbots (Col. b) and Doctors of Ireland, and epistle, the beginning of which, according to the testimony of Bede 1.2. Histor. Ecclesiast. c.19 is this (tale) Dilectissimis & Sanctissimis Thomiano, Columbano, Chronano (not Chromano as is erroneously read in the printed copy) Dimano & Baithano Episcopis; Chronano Hernano, Lasriano Stellano & Segiano presbyteris, caeterisque Doctoribus, seu Abbatibus Scotis, etc.

As to the Abbots, receive the following from the same, except those for which other authorities are adduced.

St. Lasrianus the son of Nasch, Abbot near Lough Laodh in Ulster, flourished about the year 650 and died on the 25th of October. Also S. Stellan, Abbot of Inis-Kealtra in Connaught flourished about the same time and died on the 24th of May.

XXX January.
Of B. Anmichadus, Confessor.
AA. SS. p. 205, Col.a.

Ist. Concerning B. Anmichadus or more correctly Anmchadus whose acts if (they) seem to have existed, so also seem to have perished, a few things, but which are equal (equivalent) to a great deal, are handed down by many; first, he was born in the greater Scotia or Ireland [16] before the close of the tenth century.

Second, under the discipline of B. Corcran [17] a man both rare on account of the wonderful austerity of his life and the rigour of his monastic discipline, and very conspicuous for the fame of his distinguished learning and sanctity, he was professed a Monk in the Monastery of the Island Kealtra [18] in Lough Dergderch, which separates the southern boundary of the Co. of Galway from Thomond, etc.
He died in 1043 according to the Hagiologists in general. He is spoken of by Marianus Scotus (quoted by Florence of Worcestor) who says:- “Ipse, cum in Hiberniae esset Insula, quae Kealtra dicitur,” etc. (He mentions nothing of importance to our purposes).

In the Life of St. Farannan 15 Feb. Ch. VII (See All-Farannain) among the Saints of the seed of Cumne who came to meet St. Columba at Eas-Dara, are mentioned: Caiminus [19] de Insula Kealtra; Regulus ude Muc-Inis in regione de Dalgeis, etc.

 

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