St. Fintan of Clonenagh
February 17 is the Feast of St. Fintan of Clonenagh.
St. Fintan of Clonenagh, was an Abbot and disciple of St. Columba. Fintan was a hermit in Clonenagh, Leix, Ireland. When disciples gathered around his hermitage he became their abbot. A wonder worker, Fintan was known for clairvoyance, prophecies, and miracles. He also performed very austere penances.
“A Leinster saint, b. about 524; d. 17 February, probably 594, or at least before 597. He studied under St. Columba of Terryglass, and in 550 settled in the solitude of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, near what is now Maryborough, Queen’s County. His oratory soon attracted numerous disciples, for whom he wrote a rule, and his austerities and miracles recalled the apostolic ages. Among his pupils was the great St. Comgall of Bangor. When he attained his seventieth year he chose Fintan Maeldubh as his successor in the Abbey of Clonenagh. He has been compared by the Irish annalists to St. Benedict, and is styled “Father of the Irish Monks”.”
The Grave of St Fintan at Kilfountain on the Dingle peninsula, a pillar stone with his name written on it. http://www.orthodoxcumbria.org/BritishIsles/ireland3/