As Kerry prepares to celebrate the Gathering of Kerry people to honour Saint Brendan the Navigator on the week of his Feast Day May 16th, it seems proper to say a little about him. Latterly, Saint Brendan the Navigator is beginning to receive the kind of recognition he deserves. For too long Brendan was dismissed as a rather mythical figure, a monk who spent years at sea searching for the ‘Promised Land’, meeting gryphons, a 100 foot tall mermaid, a whale that allowed its back to be used as a platform for the celebration of Mass, islands full of monks
Brendan for today – Feast Day, May 16th
St. Brendan International Conference – May 2013
17th & 18th May, 2013 Part of The Gathering, this International conference focusing on the legacy of St. Brendan the Navigator (484-577 AD), Patron of Kerry and Clonfert Diocese, renowned seafarer, monk, scholar and founder of monasteries. Part of the St. Brendan Week Celebrations centering on Ardfert, Fenit, Dingle and Tralee, May 14 – 18 2013 Speakers include Professor Joseph Nagy, UCLA, Dr. Jonathan Wooding, University of Wales, Professor JeanMichel Picard, UCD, Dr. Diarmuid Scully, UCC, Professor Pádraig O’Riain and Professors Donnchadh O’Corráin and John Sheehan. This conference will appeal to all Brendan Scholars especially those of Irish descent.
Activities for 2013
Activities are planned in conjunction with The Gathering. Saint Brendan International Conference – 17th & 18th May 2013 Other activities when finalised will be posted her
New St. Brendan Voyage window at Fenit Church
A new St.Brendan Voyage window at Fenit Church, Tralee, Co.Kerry in Ireland was installed in November 2012. The window, which is over the main door was created by Artist/Sculptor Tighe O’Donoghue\Ross who also created the statue on Fenit pier. Click the sound file below (orange button) to hear the commentary & explanation of the different elements by the artist.
Europe and the Irish Monks by Enzo Farinella
We knew that the Celts founded the first Europe, but very few are aware that Irish monks had a very important role in Medieval Europe, which they transformed culturally and spiritually. Britain, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Russia, Iceland, Greenland, America… are in many ways linked to them. Bobbio, Fiesole, Lucca, Taranto, Lumièges, Auxerre, Laon, Luxeuil, Liège, Trier, Wurzburg, Regensburg, Rheinau, Reichenau, Salzburg, Vienna, St. Gallen… are all European towns founded by, or linked to, Irish monks Many dioceses in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Italy have an Irish Saint as their Patron. So we find in the