Fínán Cam m. Móenaig of Kinnity

Other names

Finan the squint-eyed / bent

Introduction

In the early martyrologies he is associationed with Kinnity in Co. Offaly, and commemorated on April 7th. But in Co. Kerry, where dedications abound, he is commemorated on March 16th, the date usually assigned to Fínán Lobar of Swords qv (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 327-30) . He is said to be a disciple of Brénnain m. Findloga (Mart. O notes in RB512). His mother was impregnated by a salmon while bathing in Loch Lein, and ‘like the Son of the Virgin, Fínán Camm was born of her’ (Mart O notes in RB512). He brought wheat into Ireland (Declán brought rye and Modomnóc brought bees) (ibid). He has several lives, the original of which may have been composed in the twelfth century on Innisfallen in Co. Kerry (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 329)

Gender

Male

Associated places

Cenn Éitig (Kinnity, barony of Ballybrit, co. Offaly)(Mart O etc). Various places in Co. Kerry (see Ó Riain, Dictionary, 327-30). Slíab Bladma (Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co. Laois and Co. Offaly) (Mart. G gloss).

Genealogies

Corco Duibne, co. Kerry (Rec. Mai. 211). Among saints of Sil Conaire (Rec. Met 662.128; CGSH 665.3.7.8) ie the Múscraige and Corco Duibne. Mother is Beccnat (Rec. Mai. 211, Mothers of saints 722.81).

Territory or Ethnicity (broad)

Gaelic

Territory or Ethnicity (refined)

Mumu

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Fínán (ns)

Related Personal Names

Name

Fínán (certain)

Feast days

Day of Year

April 7

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

Finani Caimm

Day of Year

April 7

Calendar

Iona psalter

Source code

Iona psalter

Source title

Iona psalter

Notes

Iona psalter Iona psalter, NLS MS 10000

Quote from source

sancti Finani epi

Day of Year

April 7

Calendar

Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee

Source code

Mart. O

Source title

Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1905

Notes

Full title is Félire Óengusso Céli Dé, The Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee, critically edited from Ten Manuscripts, with a Preface, Translation, Notes and Indices.

Quote from source

Fínan camm Cinn Etig, imma mbi már ndelmae. 'Fínan the squinting, of Cenn Etig, around whom is much of clamour.'

Notes

Notes in RB512 say that his mother was of the Ciarraige Luachra (of northern Kerry) and that his birth was the result of a salmon impregnating her in Loch Lein. Brénainn m. Findloga was his fosterfather. Fínán brought wheat to Ireland (Declán brought rye and Modomnoc brought bees).

Day of Year

April 7

Calendar

Martyrology of Gorman

Source code

Mart. G

Source title

Martyrology of Gorman

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1895

Notes

Full title is Félire Húi Gormáin, The Martyrology of Gorman edited from a manuscript in the Royal library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. It is published by the Henry Bradshaw Society.

Quote from source

Fínan gloss: Cam, o Chinn Eitigh & o Sliabh Bladma, do Corco Duibne dó. [in margin. Fionán Cam .i. claon a rosc.] 'crooked eyed; from Cenn Etig, and from Sliab Bladma: of Corco Duibne was he.' [ie sqinting (were) his eyes]

Day of Year

April 7

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

Fionan Cam, o Cinn Eiticch acus o Sliab Blabma

Notes

The entry also says that he was of the Corco Duibne and that his mother was Baccnt, daughter of Cian.