Saint Conal

Saint Conal
Saint Conal
Born 5th century
Died c. 500
Honored in Roman Catholicism
Major shrine Drumconnell
Feast 18 March

Saint Conal (or Conall) was an Irish bishop who flourished in the second half of the fifth century and ruled over the church of Drum, County Roscommon, the place being subsequently named Drumconnell, after St. Conal.

St. Attracta is said to have prophesied that the episcopal churches of St. Conal (Drumconnell) and St. Dachonna (Eas Dachonna) would be reduced to poverty, owing to the fame of a new monastic establishment. This prophecy was strikingly fulfilled, inasmuch as Drum and Assylin soon after ceased to be episcopal sees, while in 1148 the great Cistercian Abbey of Boyle was founded.

St. Conal died about the year 500, and his feast is celebrated on 18 March, though some assign 9 February as the date.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed (1913). "St. Conal". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

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