Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Irish Ch., previous to the twelfth century, the name of an ecclesiastic having duties akin to those of an archdeacon.
“Mochuda called the monk to him and, in the name of Christ, he commanded the pain to leave the foot and to betake itself to the foot of Colman [Colman mac hua Telduib, abbot, or perhaps erenach only, of Cluain Earaird], the chieftain who was most unrelenting towards him.”
Lives of SS Declan and Mochuda
“[Sidenote: 1137.] (12) A change of abbots at Armagh, _i. e._ the erenach (_recte_ abbot) of”
“[Colman mac hua Telduib, abbot, or perhaps erenach only, of Cluain”
“Donnell Shalvey, erenach of Cork, in 1140 (_A. F.M.”
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