Saint Finian is also known as 'The Master of the Saints of Ireland'.
Saint Finian was born late in the fifth century at Myshal in County Carlow.
He first went to St. Marting's famous monastery at Tours, where his
experience there shaped his idea of religious life.
Tours is noted for its austerity and sacrifice of physical comfort for spiritual gain.
Saint Finian travels to the County of Kildare to study & teach at St.
Finian is led by an angel to Cluain Eraird (Clonard), where he is told
this will be the place of your resurrection.
Saint Finian was chosen and consecrated the Bishop of Clonard
He built a little cell and a church of clay and wattle whilst continuing his life of study, mortification and prayer.
His gift for teaching, ability to impress the great and good and his absolute dedication to the ascetic ideal inspired a whole generation.
Students of Finian took seeds of knowledge from Finian's monastery at Clonard, and planted them abroad with great success.
Saint Finian's death is uncertain but approximately in 552 his burial place is within the Church of Clonard, where for centuries after his death continued to be renowned as a seat of scriptual learning.
The colours associated with Saint Finian are white and blue. Motto: Strive For The Highest.