St Comgall (516 - 601):
Founder of Monastries
Comgall was born in Magheramorne, County Antrim, to a distinguished Dalriada family. In his youth he relinquished the life of a soldier and travelled to St Fintan at Clonenagh, though he disliked the rigours of monastic life. He was ordained a priest at Clonmacnoise and retreated to an island in Lough Erne. Before retiring to Bangor, County Down, where he founded a monastery and established a Rule, he had already founded several ecclesaistical houses, including that of Camus, near Coleraine. Pilgrims were attracted to the monastery, and it is said that Cormac, King of Ui Cheinnsealaigh, retired there. With St Brendan, Comgall visited St Colmcille in the western isles of Scotland. He died in Bangor, and his feast-day is on the 10th of May.