ORTHODOX SYNAXARION OF CELTIC SAINTS & ALL SAINTS
Lake Lough Ree in Shannon River, Ireland
Lake Lough Ree, Ireland
The island of Inchcleraun (Inis Cloithreann) in the northern part of the lake is the site of a monastery founded by Saint Dermot in the early Christian era and contains the remains of several ancient churches.
Celtic Crosses in Castledermot ancient Monastery of St Dermot
Saint Dermot (Diarmaid / Diarmis)
Abbot and founder of a monastery on Inchcleraun (Innis-Closran) Island
of Lake Lough Ree, Ireland (+6th ce.)
Saint Dermot the Just (also known as Diarmaid Diermit, Dhiarmuit, Dermod, Diermedus, Diermetus, Diermitius, Diermitius) was a abbot of Inis Clothrann (Inchcleraun), Lough Ree, County Longford and of Faughalstown, County Westmeath and a famous Irish confessor of the late-sixth century.
He was of princely origin as he was seventh in descent from Nath Í, King of Ireland, who died 428 and a member of the Hy-Fiachrach family from Connacht. His father was Lugna, son of Lugad, son of Finbarr, son of Fraic, son of Cathchuon, son of Aengus Becchuoun, son of Nath Í son of Fiachrae son of Eochaid Mugmedon. His mother was Dediva (also called Editua or Dedi or Deidi or Deighe or Deidiu or Deaga or Mediva), daughter of Tren, son of Dubhthach moccu Lughair, who was a Chief Ollam of Ireland and royal poet of King Lóegaire mac Néill. Dediva’s other children were Saint Senan of Laraghabrine, son of Fintan, Saint Caillin of Fenagh, son of Niata, St.Mainchín of Corann, son of Collan of Corann, Saint Felim of Kilmore son of Carill, Saint Daigh of Inniskeen son of Carill, Saint Femia daughter of Carill and Senchán Torpéist, a later Chief Ollam of Ireland. Saint Diarmaid was the youngest of Dediva’s famous children.
About the year 530, he founded the great monastery of Inchcleraun on Lough Ree, in the Diocese of Ardagh. Wishing to found an oratory far from the day-to-day distractions of civilization.
Here his fame soon attracted disciples. He was a good teacher and also a distinguished writer and poet. On the island seven churches are traditionally said to have been erected, and the traces of six are still in evidence, including Teampul Diarmada, or the church of St. Dermot. This oratory, eight feet by seven feet, is said to have been Derm own church. The monastic school he founded kept up its reputation for fully 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. He also founded the monastery of Caille-Fochladha, Lough Derryvaragh, Co Westmeath, where there is a holy well dedicated to him.
St. Dermot’s nickname was ‘`Ghjermot the Just’; he is sometimes confused with an earlier St. Justus who was both baptizer 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”.
Saint Dermot died on 542 at Inchcleraun Island and his feast is celebrated on that date. His Feast day is on January 10
Celtic Crosses in St Dermot’s Monastery
in Castledermot, Co. Kildare, Ireland
St Dermot’s ancient Chapels
on Inchcleraun (Innis-Closran) Island, Ireland
Lake Lough Ree, Shennon River, Ireland