29th November - Saint Brendan of Birr - Independent Catholic News
29th November - Saint Brendan of Birr - Independent Catholic News: Irish abbot. St Brendan was one of the early monastic Irish saints. He was a friend and disciple of St Columba. Brendan of Birr is said to have been of a noble Munster family. He studied at the Clonard monastery and it was here that he became a friend and companion of CiarÃ¡n of Saigir and Brendan of Clonfert. It is said that the average number of scholars under instruction at Clonard was 3,000.