Saint Enda

Saint Enda

Saint Enda (Éanna, Éinne or Endeus, died c. 530) is an Irish saint in the Roman Catholic Church. His feast day is 21st March. Enda was a warrior-king of Oriel in Ulster, and was converted to the faith by his sister, Saint Fanchea, an abbess. About 484 he established the first Irish monastery at Killeaney on Aran Mór. St. Enda is often described as the “patriarch of Irish monasticism”. Most of the great Irish saints had some connection with Aran and with Saint Enda.

There is a long association of Saint Enda with the Lisdoonvarna and the wider North Clare area, and a venerable tradition of religious devotion to him. This may because of his travels through this part of Clare on his way to Aran. There are ruins of an ancient Church named in his honour at Killeaney not far from the present Church at Toovahera in our parish. We remember his love for God and we ask him to pray in heaven for our school and for the blessing and protection of the entire school community.