A Saint this week
Saint Kieran or Ciaran (+c.530)
Saint Kieran, known as the 'first born of Ireland', and one of the 'Twelve Apostles of Ireland', came from Ossory (Osrai). Some say he predated St Patrick, others that he was consecrated bishop by him. He lived for a time as a hermit and, according to tradition, his first disciples were animals of the woods. He soon attracted human disciples and a monastery and town developed at Saighir. St Kieran is the patron of the diocese of Ossory.
His memorial is celebrated on 5th March.