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Born: c. AD 484 in Ciarraighe Luachra near Tralee County Kerry, Ireland
Died: c. AD 577 in Annaghdown, County Galway, Ireland
Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast Day: May 16
Patronages: Boatmen; Divers; Mariners; Sailors; Travellers; Whales; Portaging Canoes
PLACES: Diocese of Clonfert; Diocese of Kerry
Brendan was born in 484 near Tralee on the west coast of Ireland. As a child he was placed in the care of Saint Ita and later under the supervision of Bishop Erc.
After education in a monastic school, Brendan was ordained by Bishop Erc. He then gathered a group of followers and started a community establishing a monastery at Clonfert around 559. It is said that his community had 3,000 monks and that his monastic Rule was dictated to him by an angel.
Brendan did not die at Clonfert. He had gone to visit his sister who governed a community at Enach Duin, and while there he died, probably in the year 577. He was buried at Clonfert and his feast is observed throughout Ireland.