Saint Máel Ruain


“View of the Antient Archiepiscopal Palace. Tallaght, in the County of Dublin”


Today is the feast day of, among many others, Saint Máel Ruain, the 8th-century abbot, bishop and founder of Tallaght monastery in County Dublin. Interestingly, works of guidance ascribed to the saint appear to be modelled on the works of the Desert Fathers and John Cassian, showing in some measure how the early Church disseminated its teachings across the post-Roman, ‘Dark Ages’ world. Here is another opportunity for me to advertise my favourite book: How the Irish Saved Civilization. For some benighted reason, the title uses a z rather than an s. Civilisation, my foot 🙂


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