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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume XII: December. The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

December 12

St. Columba, Abbot in Ireland

[Son of Crimthain.]  HE was a native of Leinster in Ireland, a disciple of St. Finian, and became a great master of a spiritual life. He founded and governed the monastery of Tyrdaglas, in Munster, and died of a pestilence which raged in Ireland in the year 548.  1
  ST. CORMAC, an ancient Irish saint, is mentioned in the Calendars on this day, as an abbot of eminent sanctity. Usher supposes him the same who paid a visit to St. Columkille, mentioned by Adamnan, l. 3, c. 117.  2
  ST. COLMAN, abbot of Glendaloch, is also mentioned this day in the Irish Calendar: he died in 659. See Colgan’s MSS.  3