Caomhan is the patron saint of Inisheer (Inis Oírr), the smallest of the Aran Islands. Even though he is “by far the most celebrated of all the saints of the Aran Islands”, little is known about him. He is said to have been a disciple of Saint Enda of Aran. He is also said to be the elder brother of Saint Kevin of Glendalough although no corresponding legend exists in Co Wicklow to support this claim.
The saint’s Pattern Day (Lá an Phátrúin), 14 June, is a special holiday on the island when mass is celebrated at his church.
The ruins of Caomhan’s Church (Teampall Caomhán) are below ground level. The church was nearly buried by drifting sands but has now been excavated and is kept clear of sand by the islanders. According to the notice prepared by the Office of Public Works, the building may date from the 10th…
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