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)
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Saint Brendan of Clonfert or Bréanainn of Clonfert (c. 484 – c. 577) (Irish: Naomh Breandán; Icelandic: Brandanus) called "the Navigator", "the Voyager", or "the Bold" is one of the early Irish monastic saints. He is chiefly renowned for his legendary quest to the "Isle of the Blessed," also called St Brendan's Island. The Voyage of St Brendan could be called an immram (Irish navigational story). He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.
The case that can be made for trans-Atlantic voyages by medieval Irish monks is a reasonable one. We know that Ireland was the centre for a vigorous culture during the fifth and sixth centuries CE, preserving Christian civilization in Northern Europe after the decline and collapse of the Roman Empire. During this period, Irish monks ventured out into the North Atlantic in pursuit of some kind of spiritual or divine mission. They reached the Hebrides, Orkneys, and Faeroe Islands.