St. Brendan

St. Brendan was an Irish monk who lived from 484 to 577 AD in western Ireland. He was a charismatic leader who was well known for his ocean voyages through northwest Europe spreading the Christian faith and founding several monasteries. The most intriguing of his travels was the account of a seven-year voyage that is chronicled in the “The Voyage of St. Brendan the Abbot” otherwise known at the “Naviagatio” (written in the 10th century). The legend tells that St. Brendan had heard of the “Land of Promise” and set sail to find it with a number of other monks in a curragh (a hide covered wood framed boat with sails). He reported reaching several islands, one whose description suggests the volcanoes of Iceland. He eventually reached “The Land of Saints” which many people believe was North America.