Clúain Brónaig
Community ID
Alternate Names
Clonebrone / Clonbroney
Medieval Location
i cCoirpre i Tethba / i cCrich Choirpri i tTehba
Modern Location
Corporate Status
abbey, hospital after termination
Samthann (after 739)
Date Founded
400 or later (needs verification)
Date Terminated
1163 or later
Foundation Information

Fuinech, first abbess / or, by St. Patrick for two Emers (see Notes)

Notable Heads

Fuinech, first abbess, founder / St. Samthann, abbess, d. 739 (see also Life of St. Samthann, Félire Óengusso céli dé: The Martyrology of Oegnus the Culdee, 260-1) / Gormlaith ingen Flaithniadh, banabb Cluana Bronaigh, died 815 / Anlaith, abbess Clobroney and Cloonburren, d. 933 / Caillechdomhnaill, daughter of Naoneanaigh, abbess & coarb Samthann, d. 1163

Dependency Of

Granard (early) / Kildare, according to list of communities subject to Brigit in The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, f. 353b.


8 cartrons land 1595

State Of Medieval Structure

extant remains

Manuscript Sources

Trinity College Library, MS 1285 (formerly H 1.18), 80.

Published Primary Sources

The genealogies, tribes, and customs of Hy-Fiachrach : commonly called O'Dowda's country. Now first published from the Book of Lecan, in the library of the Royal Irish academy, and from the genealogical manuscript of Duald MacFirbis, in the library of, 723; The book of Ballymote. A collection of pieces (prose and verse) in the Irish language, compiled about the beginning of the fifteenth century, 121 b; The book of Lecan. Leabhar mór Mhic Fhir Bhisigh Leacain,100,620; The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála,353,365; Annala Uladh: Annals of Ulster otherwise Annala Senait, Annals of Senat: a chronicle of Irish affairs from A.D. 431 to A.D. 1540,i.196, 256,ii.82; The tripartite life of Patrick, with other documents relating to that Saint,20,90,91; Triadis thaumaturgae seu divorum Patricii, Columbae et Brigidae ... acta ... collecta, scholiis & commentariis illustrata, & pluribus appendicibus aucta; complectitur tomus secundus sacrarum ejusdem insulae antiquitatum, nunc primum in lucem prodiens73,120; Martyrology of Donegal: A Calendar of the Saints of Ireland, 340; Félire Óengusso céli dé: The Martyrology of Oegnus the Culdee,260; The Martyrology of Tallaght: from the Book of Leinster and MS. 5100-4 in the Royal Library, Brussels, 38; Acta sanctorum: veteris et maioris scotiæ sev hiberniæ sanctorum insulae, Partim ex variis per Europam MS. Codd. exscripta, partim ex antiquis monumentis & probatis Authoribus eruta & congesta; omnia Notis & Appendicibus illustrata,347; Félire húi Gormáin. The martyrology of Gorman,236, 242; Ogygia, or, A chronological account of Irish events Ogygia, 403; Chronicum Scotorum. A chronicle of Irish affairs, from the earliest times to A. D. 1135; with a supplement, containing the events from 1141 to 1150, 127, index; Annala Rioghachta Eireann. Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland, by the Four masters, from the earliest period to the year 1616. Edited from mss. in the Library of the Royal Irish academy and of Trinity college, Dublin, with a translation, and copious notes,, index.

Miscellaneous Information

At this location (previous to foundation) St. Patrick gave veil to two Emers, sisters of Guasacht, whom he placed in charge of Granard / References to the community appear in Irish annals to 1163; thereafter, some references to hospital, termon-irenagh, and corbeship appear in Elizabethan period (1595). (See Archdall)

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