January 10th St. Dermot, Abbot of Innis-Clotran Island
(Diarmaid) also 18th of January
Saint Diarmaid was the youngest child of Lunga and Dediva and was related to the king of Ireland who died in 428, About the year 530, he founded the great monastery of Inchcleraun on Lough Ree, in the Diocese of Ardagh. Wishing to establish an oratory far from the day-to-day distractions of civilization, he selected the isolated island associated with the memory of Queen Medbh, Inchcleraun.
His fame here soon attracted disciples, among them Ciaran of Clonmacnoise. He was a good teacher and distinguished writer and poet. Tradition says that seven churches were erected on the island the traces of six are evidence, including Teampul Diarmada, or the church of St. Diarmiad. This oratory, eight feet by seven feet in size, is said to have been Diarmaid’s own church. The monastic school he founded kept up its reputation for six centuries after his death, and the island itself was famous for pilgrimages in pre-Reformation days. An ivory statue of the saint was removed from the island during the Reformation to avoid destruction. Diarmaid also founded the monastery of Caille-Fochladha, Lough Derryvaragh, Co. Westmeath, where there is a holy well dedicated to him.
St. Diarmaid’s nickname was ‘Diarmaid the Just’; he is sometimes confused with an earlier St. Justus who was both baptiser and teacher of St. Kieran of Clonmacnoise. He was a friend of St. Senan, Abbot of Iniscathy and he composed metrical psalters, among which is “Cealtair Dichill”.
He died on 10 January at Inchcleraun and his feast is celebrated on that date.
See the second saint for today at https://christ-our-hope-community.net/home/celtic-and-old-english-saints/ – Saints in January