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  • proper noun A male given name of Irish origin.


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  • When Finnian discovered the manuscript, he appealed to the local king, who awarded the copy to Finnian.

    Cathach of St. Columba

  • It was during this time that he met in Hungary the lady who (in 1860) became his second wife, Florence, daughter of Finnian von Sass, his first wife having died in 1855.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

  • He studied under St. Finnian at Moville, and under another of the same name at

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

  • Ireland who had emerged from the school of Finnian of Clonard, and he no doubt shared the missionary spirit which so deeply characterised the monastic Church of Ireland at that period.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

  • "I have heard that the first-born were mindless," said Finnian.

    Irish Fairy Tales

  • No man knows if he died in those distant ages when Finnian was Abbot of

    Irish Fairy Tales

  • Finnian received that information with respect and interest.

    Irish Fairy Tales

  • "And now," said Finnian, "you will be born again, for I shall baptize you into the family of the Living God."

    Irish Fairy Tales

  • One day they were talking together about the majesty of God and His love, for although Tuan had now received much instruction on this subject he yet needed more, and he laid as close a siege on Finnian as Finnian had before that laid on him.

    Irish Fairy Tales

  • He barricaded his house, he shuttered his windows, and in a gloom of indignation and protest he continued the practices of ten thousand years, and would not hearken to Finnian calling at the window or to Time knocking at his door.

    Irish Fairy Tales


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