Saint Brendan the Voyager (6th cent) founded several monasteries in Ireland and became Abbot of the largest, Clonfert. He traveled as a missionary to the Scottish Islands, possibly Wales, and was dubbed 'Brendan the Voyager.' The early 9th cent romance "The Voyage of Brendan" portrayed him as a discoverer of far western lands. The account proves that Irish voyagers visited America as early as the 8th cent, before the Vikings, but not that St Brendan himself made such voyages. (May 16)
So, how do I get my mail when I travel? Any snail mail I get goes to St. Brendan's Isle forwarding service in Green Cove Springs, Florida. They scan it and I download to my laptop. I can also have it held and forwarded or shredded. Perfect!
St. Brendan's Isle on the Hereford mappemundi of 1275. St. Brendan of Ardfert (ca. 484-578) was an Irish monk who was said to have sailed, with sixty men, into the Atlantic Ocean in search of the Isle of the Blest. According to the story, they sailed for five years and saw many wonders, eventually reaching a beautiful island where they met a holy man. Brendan believed this was the “Promised Land of the Saints."
Art prints from original paintings by Newfoundland Artist Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara. This is one of the Top 5 winning paintings from my Facebook contest "What Does HOME Mean to You?" "My Mom, Maria Alward (Lewis), grew up in Dock Cove on St. Brendan's Island along with her 8 sisters and 1 brother. Even though I grew up in St. John's I consider St. Brendan's my 'home' because my heart is there when I think of my Nan and Pop (Mae and Lou) and my visits with them. E...