School: Clanna Caoilte (B.) (roll number 12286)

Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Ss. Ó Síthe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0311, Page 133

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This town was formerly called Ross Ailithir, it was a cathedral town, and seat of the Bishop of Ross. St. Fachtna was founder of the diocese in the sixth century, and also founder of the famous school of Ross. St. Brendan the Navigator, taught in this school, which was crowded by students from every land. St Fachtna died at the early age of forty-six, but was succeeded in his See by twenty-seven bishops of his tribe, all descended from Ith, the paternal uncle of Milesius.

The Four Masters make frequent mention of Ross-Ailither during the ninth century. It was ravaged by the Danes in 840. In the tenth and eleventh centuries we find no mention of a bishop or abbot but only of an "airchinnech", that is a lay man exercising ecclesiastical jurisdiction. This probably was necessary owing to the disturbed state of the times. Those persons

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Skibbereen, Co. Cork