Saint Brendan’s feast day is celebrated on May 16 by Eastern Orthodox Christians, Anglicans and Roman Catholics .
Brendan of Clonfert or Bréanainn of Clonfert (c. 484 – c. 577) (Irish: Naomh Breandán ) called «the Navigator», «the Voyager», or «the Bold» is one of the early Irish monastic saints. He is chiefly renowned for his legendary quest to the «Isle of the Blessed,» also called St. Brendan’s Island. The Voyage of St. Brendan could be called an immram (Irish navigational story). He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.
In 484 Saint Brendan was born in Ciarraighe Luachra near the port of Tralee, in County Kerry, in the province of Munster, in the south west of Ireland. He was baptized at Tubrid, near Ardfert, by Saint Erc. For five years he was educated under Saint Ita, «the Brigid of Munster», and he completed his studies under Saint Erc, who ordained him priest in 512. Between the years 512 and 530 St Brendan built monastic cells at Ardfert, and, at the foot of Mount Brandon, Shanakeel— Seana Cill, usually translated as «the old church»— also called Baalynevinoorach.
From here he is supposed to have set out on his famous seven years voyage for Paradise. The old Irish Calendars assigned a special feast for the «Egressio familiae S. Brendani», on March 22; and St Aengus the Culdee, in his Litany composed at the close of the eighth century, invokes «the sixty who accompanied St. Brendan in his quest for the Land of Promise».
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