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Saint Kevin of Glendalough
Saint Kevin of Glendalough
Saint Kevin of Glendalough
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Saint Kevin of Glendalough

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This digital art print of Saint Kevin is the perfect addition to your home decor or a great gift for birthdays, Confirmation, weddings, or Christmas.

Saint Details:

St. Kevin, also known as Coemgen in Ireland, was born in 498 at the Fort of the White Fountain in Leinster. Tradition says he was of royal descent, the son of Coemlog and Coemell of Leinster. 

Kevin was baptized, educated, and ordained, and became a hermit at the Valley of the Two Lakes in Glendalough. After seven years in solitude, St. Kevin founded a monastery for the disciples he attracted. Glendalough, with its seven churches, ended up becoming one of the major pilgrimage destinations in Ireland. Kevin was also a good friend of St. Kieran of Clonmacnois and raised the son of King Colman of Ui Faelain. 

Many stories are associated with Kevin and he was said to have performed many miracles, including living until the age of 120. Legend says that in his infancy, a white cow came to the house every morning and supplied Kevin with milk. 

St. Kevin serves as inspiration to many artists and authors. Nobel prizewinner Seamus Heaney wrote a popular poem called “St. Kevin and the Blackbird” which explains the story of when Kevin, in deep prayer, held out his hand with trance-like stillness, allowing a blackbird to build a nest, lay eggs, hatch her chicks, and teach them to fly--all while supported in Kevin’s outstretched hand. Welsh artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins also created a series of paintings depicting Kevin and the blackbird. Irish band The Dubliners sing a song about St. Kevin’s encounter with a woman who tried to seduce him. He is also mentioned several times in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.

St. Kevin is the patron saint of Dublin and Glendalough.

  • Feast Day: June 03