During the 7th century St Kilian, an Irish monk from Mullagh, sailed with eleven companions up the River Main in Germany to Würzburg. There he founded a monastery, undertook missionary work in Thuringia and became the local bishop. He was martyred in 689 by King Gozbert after criticizing the monarch for marrying his brother’s widow. He thus followed in the footsteps of St John the Baptist, who was imprisoned and martyred for levelling the same criticism at King Herod. Feast day: 8 July.