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Brendan the Navigator
Little is known about St. Brendan the Navigator, whose voyages excited the imaginations of mediŠval readers and auditors. He was born c. 486, probably near Tralee, and he seems to have been dedicated to the church from the beginning of his life. St. Ita raised him, and Sts. Jarlath of Tuam and Erc of Kerry educated him. Active in western Ireland, Brendan founded several monasteries, the most famous of which is Clonfert, which was for centuries a missionary center. He is said to have visited St. Columba at Hinba (Argyll) and to have undertaken with sixty monks a voyage in search of the Isles of the Blessed. The monks kept monastic rule aboard their ships and met with many adventures and supernatural creatures in their travels. Brendan died c. 575 at Amaghdown, where he was visiting his sister, Briga.
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