Ultán of Ardbraccan

  • d. 657
  • feast-day: 4 September, 13 July
  • Irish poets, abbots, saints of Ireland
  • Ard Breccáin
Irish poet and saint, abbot at Ard Breccáin (Ardbraccan) in Co. Meath.

See also: Ard BreccáinArd Breccáin ... Ardbraccan
Early Irish church. One of its early abbots was Ultán of Ardbraccan.
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Colla ingen DímmaiColla ingen Dímmai
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Dál AraidiDál Araidi
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(c. 690)
Irish bishop and author of the Collectanea about St Patrick
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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.
Stalmans, Nathalie, and T. M. Charles-Edwards, “Meath, saints of (act. c.400–c.900)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press, 2007–. URL: <>.
Howlett, David, “Vita I sanctae Brigitae”, Peritia 12 (1998): 1–23.
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