Saint Gall Feast Day October 16th
St Gall, an Irish monk of the 6th and 7th centuries is better known in Continental Europe than in his own homeland. The city of St Gallen in Switzerland evolved from St Gall’s hermitage. His humble hermitage developed into a monastery which in turn gave rise to the city and canton of St Gallen. The Abbey of St Gall in the city is a major tourist attraction and is in fact a Unesco World Heritage site. The present day Cathedral is a magnificent building and the library houses rare manuscripts from the 9th century onwards.
St Gall was among the early Irish pilgrim monks who went to Continental Europe. He accompanied St Columbanus who departed from the monastery of Bangor shortly before the year 600.