Sechnall of Ireland

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Sechnall of Ireland (372-447) or sometimes referred to as Secundinus, was, according to medieval tradition, a disciple of St Patrick and one of the first bishops of Armagh. The Latin name Secundinus, which was a common one across Latin-speaking parts of Europe, was borrowed into Irish vernacular as Sechnall. The Irish Annals, or Chronicles of Ireland, report that the bishops Secundinus, Auxilius and Iserninus arrived in Ireland to the aid of St Patrick in 439. In 441 Palladius was recalled to Rome to be examined by the newly elected Pope Leo I, leaving Secundinus in charge of the Church in Ireland. He became known as the first Christian bishop to die on Irish soil. Secundinus is said to have died in 447 or 448, aged 75.

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