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Columbanus (Irish: Columbán; 543 – 21 November 615) was an Irish missionary notable for founding a number of monasteries after 590 in the Frankish and Lombard kingdoms, most notably Luxeuil Abbey in present-day France and Bobbio Abbey in present-day Italy. Columbanus taught an Irish monastic rule and penitential practices for those repenting of sins, which emphasised private confession to a priest, followed by penances levied by the priest in reparation for the sins. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Columbanus has received more than 383,457 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Columbanus is the 603rd most popular religious figure (down from 507th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from Ireland (down from 22nd in 2019) and the most popular Irish Religious Figure.

Columbanus is most famous for being the founder of monasticism in Europe. He was born in Ireland and studied in Wales before founding monasteries in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

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Among religious figures, Columbanus ranks 603 out of 2,272Before him are Sumayyah bint Khabbat, Pope Benedict IV, Holofernes, Hasan al-Askari, Pope Stephen VII, and Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari. After him are Billy Graham, Rāhula, Ramla bint Abi Sufyan, Saint Spyridon, Hans Küng, and Paulo Miki.

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Among people born in 540, Columbanus ranks 3Before him are Pope Gregory I and Pope Boniface III. After him are Hormizd IV, Emperor Yōmei, Authari, Galswintha, Rosamund, and Creoda of Mercia. Among people deceased in 615, Columbanus ranks 3Before him are Pope Boniface IV and Sumayyah bint Khabbat. After him are Antarah ibn Shaddad and Abdullah ibn Muhammad.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Columbanus ranks 23 out of 460Before him are Anne Bonny (1702), Richard Harris (1930), W. B. Yeats (1865), William Rowan Hamilton (1805), Laurence Sterne (1713), and Ernest Shackleton (1874). After him are Katie McGrath (1983), Michael Collins (1890), Enya (1961), Francis Beaufort (1774), Iris Murdoch (1919), and Lola Montez (1821).


Among religious figures born in Ireland, Columbanus ranks 1After him are Columba (521), Brendan (484), Mary Jane Kelly (1863), Brigid of Kildare (451), Kevin Farrell (1947), Saint Kilian (640), Kevin of Glendalough (498), Dymphna (700), Coloman of Stockerau (1000), Aidan of Lindisfarne (600), and Adomnán (624).