Saint Aedan of Ferns

Saint Aedan of FernsAlso known as

  • Aeddan Foeddog
  • Aedh-og
  • Aidan
  • Aidus
  • Edan
  • Hugh
  • Maedoc
  • Maidoc
  • Maodhóg
  • Mo-Aedh-og (= my dear Aedh)
  • Moedhog
  • Mogue

Memorial

Profile

Son of Eithne and Sedna, chief of Connaught. A widespread reputation for sanctity brought him potential disciples in his youth; he fled to Kilmuine, Wales to escape them. He became one of Saint David‘s most faithful disciples. He returned to Ireland in 580 with a band of disciples, including Saint Caillan and settled at Brentrocht, Leinster. Founded 30 churches and several monasteries in that district, the best known being Ferns in Wexford, built on land given him by Brandubh, King of Leinster. First bishop of Ferns c.598; the episcopal seat of Ferns is now at Enniscorthy, where there is a beautiful cathedral dedicated to Aedan. Miracle worker. Late in life he retired to live as a prayerful monk.

Born

  • c.550 at Inisbrefny, Templeport, County Cavan, Ireland

Died

Canonized

Patronage

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Aedan of Ferns“. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 August 2014. Web. 31 October 2014. <>