Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Cormac, Bishop of Cashel and King of Munster in Ireland


He is called the son of Cuillenan, and was descended from king Engus who was baptised by Saint Patrick; and was probably the first bishop of Cashel. He is much celebrated by the Irish writers, not only for his great learning, but for his piety, charity, valour, and magnificence; and is styled by them a saint, poet, and king. He was slain in 908, fighting against Flan, king of Meath and monarch of Ireland. He wrote in Irish a history called the Psalter of Cashel, still extant in manuscript as Ware tells us; and is commemorated on this day in the Irish Martyrology.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Cormac, Bishop of Cashel and King of Munster in Ireland”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. Saints.SQPN.com. 15 September 2013. Web. 1 October 2014. <>