Coemgen (Caoimhghen, or Kevin), abbot of Glendalough, commemorated June 3, was born possibly in A.D. 498. In Celtic his name signifies "fair begotten," and he belongs to the second order of Irish saints. He was early made a priest. Having fled to Glendalough, through fear of being elected abbot, he founded a monastery there in A.D. 549. He died in A.D. 618 (Lanigan, Ecclesiastical History of Ireland, 2:43 sq.; Butler, Lives of the Saints, 6:69, 70.

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