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Term 3 Holidays    
19th Sept - 6th Oct 2014

Finian

Saint Finian

*     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. Brigid's monastery.
*    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.

 

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