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Celebrate St. Brendan Day

Forget Columbus, it's all about my namesake, St. Brendan. If you're wondering why, I'll let this post explain:

You see, nearly a millennium before Christopher Columbus’s famed trip on the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa-Maria, St. Brendan got the moniker “Brendan the Voyager” for completing a rather impressive journey that took seven years. According to the extant sources, St. Brendan went looking for the Garden of Eden, but may well have stumbled across the New World in little more than a leather-clad boat sometime between 513-530 CE. In fact, some even claim that Christopher Columbus himself was inspired by the monk’s journey, and is reported to have written in his travel log before leaving on his historic trip, “I am convinced that the terrestrial paradise is in the Island of Saint Brendan, which none can reach save by the Will of God.”

Yeah, that's right, Brendan the Voyager. While it's still highly speculative whether or not Brendan made it to America, he sounds like a pretty interesting fellow.

posted by brendoman | 10/12/09| 10:15:14 am| In the News, Thoughts and Ideas, Linkworthy|


4 comments

Comment from: wendytime [Member]  

Well, maybe I’ll toast him by drinking some St. Brendan’s tonight! ;)


10/12/09 @ 11:38
Comment from: brendoman [Member]   · http://brendoman.com

I need to get myself some of that. Is it any good?


10/12/09 @ 14:44
Comment from: wendytime [Member]  

It’s good, but it’s not Bailey’s. I’ve been going through the selection at the store buying the different kinds of Irish creams. I liked Carolan’s second to Bailey’s, and St. Brendan’s after that. But all Irish Cream is good, for the most part!


10/12/09 @ 15:58
Comment from: rem-dog [Visitor] · http://www.rem-dog.deviantart.com

But St Brendan’s Day isn’t till May -_O


10/12/09 @ 18:39