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Feastday: April 28
Death: 640

Cronan, of Offaly, Ireland, founded a monastic community at Puayd. Thereafter, he moved from place to place fifty times so as to donate each dwelling he left behind to a needy hermit. Subsequently, he settled at Seanross to live in solitude, but later founded a monastery at Roscrea. Toward the end of his life, he was afflicted with blindness. There is a miracle attributed to Cronan that carries with it a touch of humor. On one occasion, lacking a beverage for his guests, he is said to have miraculously obtained by his prayers so much beer for them that they all became inebriated.


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