Patrick Weston Joyce

Seirkieran near Parsonstown. St. Ciaran or Kieran of Ossory, disciple of St. Finnian of Clonard, erected a monastery in the sixth century, at a place called Saighir [Sair], which was the name of a fountain; and after the saint's time it was called Saighir-Chiarain [Sairkeeran], now contracted to Seirkieran.