> >... Four with their father and his/their dependants/retainers (?) ...;
> >five of them in M.R....; three of them in F...; Barr commanded his
> >grandsons and (great-)great-grandsons, both living and dead, to Bishop
> Is this Ibar one of the "official" pre-Patrician saints of Munster?
> Francine Nicholson
In the Annals, he is only mentioned as a bishop who died around 500 AD.
However, at this website, http://users.erols.com/saintpat/ss/0423.htm there
is this discussion:
Ibar of Meath B (AC)
(also known as Iberius or Ibhar of Beg-Eri)
5th century. Perhaps a missionary to Ireland before Patrick, but more
probably one of his disciples, Ibar preached in Leinster and Meath. There
are indications that he was ordained a bishop at Rome, then preached with
Saints Declan, Ailbeus, and Kieran. Usher (Antiq., c. 16), however, tells us
that Patrick consecrated him bishop. He also founded a monastic school on
the island of Beg-Eire (Beggery), where he trained many including his nephew
Prince Saint Abban, who succeeded Ibar as abbot of Magarnoide in Kenselach.
His relics were kept with singular veneration in his monastery at Beg-Eire,
which attracted the attention of the English agents of the Reformation. In
an attempt to stamp out his cultus and the many legends surrounding his
wooden image in his little chapel, they tried to burn the image. Each time
it was restored to its proper place without damage (Benedictines, Delaney,