Ernán mac Eogain

Other names

Variants in CGSH are Eirne and Eirnín.

Introduction

Reeves suggests this saint as a possible dedicatee of Kilviceun in Mull, but Watson doubts it (Reeves, VC, 415; Watson 1926, 305). Mart. Do is the sole basis on which this saint is connected to Columb Cille, though there are claims elsewhere that Columb Cille had a brother called Eoghan (CGSH 397) . In Mart. T the Jan 1 commemoration has the father’s name but no place, while Aug 6 has the location only: Erne Clúana Railgech. Another saint with an Ernán-type name is said to be nephew of Columb Cille - Moernóc m. Déicull - but he is son of the saint's sister (CGSH 397) This info is also given in an appendix to VC (Reeves VC, 245-7; Tract on Mothers of the SS 722.24). Ó Riain observes that most of the holders of names related to Érnán are connected in some way with Columb Cille, and thus may originate in a single cult (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 286)

Associated places

Dromma / Cluana Railgech (Mart. T, Rec. Mai.37): Cluain Railgeth in Mide, now Clonrelick tl., par. of Ballyloughloe, bar. of Clonlonan, co. Westmeath?

Genealogies

Mart. Do (Jan 1) says he is son of the brother of Columb Cille. His grandfather is Feilim, and he is of Cenél Conaill. Rec. Mai has a saint of this name descended rather from Fergus Cáechán m. Echach Muigmedóin (Rec. Mai 37)

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Ernán, Ernaíne, Mo Ernóc, Marnan (ns) (certain)

Sometimes confused with Meic Eogain (possible)

Related Personal Names

Name

Name

Ernán (certain)

Feast days

Day of Year

Jan 1

Calendar

Martyrology of Tallaght

Source code

Mart.T

Source title

Martyrology of Tallaght

Editors

Best, R. I. and Lawlor, H. J.

Year

1931

Notes

From the Book of Lesinter and MS 5100-4 in the Royal Library, Brussels.

Quote from source

Ernan mac Eogain

Notes

There is no corresponding entry in Mart. G.

Day of Year

Jan 1

Calendar

The Martyrology of Donegal

Source code

Mart. Do.

Source title

The Martyrology of Donegal

Editors

Todd, J. H.

Year

1864

Notes

Other author to be specified.

Quote from source

Ernan, mac Eoghain mic Feilim .i. mac derbbpatar do Cholum Chille; ata do Chenel gConuill. ‘Ernan, son of Eoghan, son of Feilim, ie son of the brother of Colum Cille; he is of the Cinel-Conaill’