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Abban the Hermit is a Roman Catholic saint, once revered in Abingdon in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), though little is known about his life outside of what is found in the Chronicon Monasterii de Abingdon.
He is supposed to have been an Irishman who settled on Boar's Hill near Abingdon, after the reign of King Vortigern in the 5th century. His hermitage attracted followers and, after his death, was superseded by the great Abbey in Abingdon itself.
His story is recorded in the Chronicon Monasterii de Abingdon which survives in a number of 13th century manuscripts. Unfortunately, it is generally recognised that his name was invented to explain the toponymy of Abingdon, which is really named after a female, Aebbe, best known for her church in Oxford.
Saint Abban of Magheranoidhe (also called Abban of Murneave or Abban of Murnevin) was the nephew of Saint Ibar, the apostle of Wexford (a predecessor and contemporary of Saint Patrick).
He was the son of Cormac, King of Leinster, and he founded numerous churches in the district of Ui Cennselaigh, almost conterminous with the present County Wexford and Diocese of Ferns. His principal monastery was at Magheranoidhe, subsequently known as "Abbanstown," today, Adamstown; but he also founded an abbey at Ros-mic-treoin, or New Ross, which afterwards became famous as a scholastic establishment.
Abban of Ireland is a saint.
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Saint Abban of New Ross (also known as Ewin, Abhan, or Evin; also Nevin, Neville, Stephan) was a contemporary and namesake of Saint Abban of Magheranoidhe.
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