These short popular essays on fourteen well-known and well-loved early Irish saints present a readable and informative amalgam of often scarce historical fact and folklore that tell the legend from the tradition of the people. This series of lively pen-pictures awakens the traditional faith and insights of the people who kept these stories alive for over a millennium. Along with St Patrick the stories of Brigid, Colmcille, Enda, Brendan the Navigator, Cummian the Tall, Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, Ninnidh, Ita, Kevin, Adomnán, Cainnech, Columbanus and Gall enchant the pages of this book packed with history, folklore and tradition.
John J. O Riordain CSsR grew up in Kiskeam, Co. Cork. As a Redemptorist parish missioner he has worked in all thirty-two countries of Ireland as well as internationally in North America.