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St. Conleth

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Feastday: May 4
Patron: of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin
Birth: 450
Death: 519

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Conleth was a hermit who lived along Ireland's Liffey River, at Old Connell. The renowned Irish abbess Saint Brigid, upon meeting Conleth, was so impressed by him that she subsequently persuaded him to become the governing bishop of her double monastery at Kildare. A gifted copyist and illuminator of manuscripts, Conleth was likewise skilled in metalworking. A crosier kept in a museum of the Royal Irish Academy is said to have been made by Conleth.

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