Excerpt from St. Ciaran, Patron of Ossory: A Memoir of His Life and Times, Comprising a Preliminary Enquiry Respecting the Period of His Birth; An Historical Commentary on the Legend of His Life; Some Notes on His Death, and on the Surviving Memorials of His Mission If Ciaran did not belong to the Irish saints who flourished after the year 544 he must have been, as a matter of course, distinguished before it. How then does our author say, yet it is more than pro bable that he was not a bishop prior to aj). 538 Our present busi ness with Our learned author goes no further than to show that his system of calculation regarding the age of St. Ciaran gives us no criterion by which we can arrive at the date of the saint's birth.
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