5th April - Saint Becan of Emlagh

A county Meath Saint and one of the 12 Irish Apostles.

St Becan was a son of Murchade and Cula, of the regal family of Munster, he was a blood relative of Saint Columcille and a contemporary with King Dermot.

He founded a monsatery on the River Brosna at Kilbeggan around the beginning of the 7th century.

An old church giving name to the parish Imleach Emlagh is situated about four miles to the north-east of Kells. The parish, Imleach-Becain in Meath was re named after St Becan mac Cula from its original name Imleach Fia.

The word imleach denotes land bordering on a lake, Becan means small in Irish.

I wonder does it have its root in Beach -the Irish for Bee.


Anne is sharing a series of events throughout the year - you can find them listed by clicking to the link Other Notable Dates and Festivals.