St Murtagh

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A 6th century Irish bishop. There are two traditions concerning this saint. One says he was a convert of St Patrick. The other makes him a contemporary of St Columba. One or other must be wrong, probably the first. He is venerated as the first bishop of Killala, and founder of Innismurray, a monastic island in County Sligo known for its fertile farming land.

On the island there are the remains of an ancient fort, some beehive cells and an oratory which historians think may date back to the time of St Murtagh.

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