St. Ailbe

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/12

Patron Of: Archdiocese of Cashel and Emily, Ireland, Munster, Ireland

Also known as

    12 September

    Disciple of Saint Patrick. Effective evangelist throughout Ireland with the support of King Aengus of Munster. Noted for his charity and his excellent preaching. Little else is known for sure, but many stories and much speculation have attached to Ailbhe. He may have been the first bishop of Emly, Ireland. He may have founded a monastery at Killeaney, Inishmore, Ireland. One old story stays that he was born to parents so poor that they were unable to feed him, and abandoned him in the deep woods; a she-wolf, running from hunters, settled beside the baby and suckled him as one of her cubs; the hunters found them, saved the baby and spared the wolf.


    c.541 of natural causes


    Cashel and Emly, Ireland, archdiocese of
    Munster, Ireland

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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