Guaire Aidne, Cumméne Fota and Caimín of Inis Celtra

  • Cycles of the Kings, Irish hagiography
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  • Version in YBL and the Book of Lismore (details below)

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Cath Cairnd Chonaill
Foras feasa ar Éirinn
Independently transmitted version
Acta sanctorum Hiberniae (Latin account)


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
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Irish hagiographyIrish hagiography



Cycle of Gúaire Aidne mac ColmáinCycles of the Kings
Cycle of Gúaire Aidne mac Colmáin
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Gúaire Aidne mac ColmáinGúaire Aidne mac Colmáin
(d. 663)
Gúaire Aidne (‘of Aidne’) mac Colmáin, king of Connacht from the Uí Fhiachrach; son of Colmán mac Cobthaig (d. 622)
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Cummíne FotaCummíne Fota
(fl. 7th century)
early Irish saint, patron of Clonfert (Clúain Fertae)
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Caimín of Inis CeltraCaimín of Inis Celtra
(d. 654 (AI))
also Caimmíne or Mo Chammóc, patron saint of Inis Celtra (Holy Island in Lough Derg). His feastday is usually given as 24 March.
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Primary sources

[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The battle of Carn Conaill”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 3 (1901): 203–219.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
206–211 (§§ 5–20) Cath Cairn Chonaill direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Riain, Pádraig, A dictionary of Irish saints, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011.  
Scarcely a parish in Ireland is without one or more dedications to saints, in the form of churches in ruins, holy wells or other ecclesiastical monuments. This book is a guide to the (mainly documentary) sources of information on the saints named in these dedications, for those who have an interest in them, scholarly or otherwise. The need for a summary biographical dictionary of Irish saints, containing information on such matters as feastdays, localisations, chronology, and genealogies, although stressed over sixty years ago by the eminent Jesuit and Bollandist scholar, Paul Grosjean, has never before been satisfied. Professor Ó Riain has been working in the field of Irish hagiography for upwards of forty years, and the material for the over 1,000 entries in his Dictionary has come from a variety of sources, including Lives of the saints, martyrologies, genealogies of the saints, shorter tracts on the saints (some of them accessible only in manuscripts), annals, annates, collections of folklore, Ordnance Survey letters, and other documents. Running to almost 700 pages, the body of the Dictionary is preceded by a preface, list of sources and introduction, and is followed by comprehensive indices of parishes, other places (mainly townlands), alternate (mainly anglicised) names, subjects, and feastdays.
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Dennis Groenewegen
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September 2012, last updated: June 2023