St. Brendan founded
several monasteries in Ireland. Then, with a group of monks, left
Ireland looking for the promised land. After seven years and many
adventures they came to “The Land of the Saints” somewhere in the
Western Ocean. Some claim that this land is North America.
In 1984 Ireland issued this stamp marking the 1500th
anniversary of St. Brendan’s birth. The design shows a portrait of St.
Brendan and a manuscript page (possibly from a medieval manuscript of
The Voyage of St. Brendan).