?-?583; prob. b. Tralee, Co. Kerry; founded monastery near Clonfert; d.
at his sisters foundation at Annaghdown, Co. Galway; pursued the
peregrine mission of the Celtic Church; believed by some to have reached
America; his voyages related in Navigatio Brendani, earlier thought
to be an biography but now read as an example of the Gaelic immram genre;
there is an early life in the Book of Lismore. ODNB DIB
[ top ]
Bernard Share, ed., Far Green Fields, 1500 Years of Irish Travel
Writing (Belfast: Blackstaff 1992), contains an extract from John
J. OMeara, trans. Voyage of St Brendan (Dublin: Dolmen 1976).
[ top ]
Belfast Public Library holds James
Wilke, St Brendan the Voyager and His Mystic Quest (1916), 73pp.