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Ciaran: Pronounced Keer+an Americanized: Keiran or Kieran County: Offaly This hugely popular saint's name means “dark,” so perfect for all the raven-haired wee men. Like many other saints of his time, St. Ciaran founded monasteries, but in particular one in the middle of Ireland, Clonmacnoise, on the advice of fellow clergyman St. Enda. He was a humble and devout man who died of the plague at the age of 33, around 545. Although he was abbot for less than a year, his spirit lived on in the monastery, which lasted until the 16th century, resisting over 40 Viking and Protestant raids.
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