St Brendan of Ardfert and Clonfert
Also known as ‘Brendan the Voyager’ or ‘Brendan the Navigator’.
Born 484 CE in Ciarraighe Luachra, present day Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.
Ordained as a priest in 512 CE. Between the years 512-530 CE, St. Brendan built several monastic cells.
St. Brendan is famously associated with a seven year voyage to the ‘Land of Delight’ detailed in an account written by an Irish monk in the ninth or tenth century.
St Brendan died in 577 CE in Enachduin, present day Annaghdown and is buried in Clonfert, County Galway and his feast is kept on May 16th.
(Grattan-Flood, William, and Otto Hartig. "St Brendan." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 12 Jul. 2011 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02758c.htm>.)