Saint Conaire (also Cannera, Cainder or Cainnear) (feast day 28 January) was an Irish holy woman who died in 530 AD. Originally from Bantry Bay in modern County Cork, she was an anchorite who lived in a self-imposed solitude and spiritual exile from society.
What little is known about St. Conaire's life comes from the "Life of St. Senan" in which she is mentioned. Reputedly, while nearing the end of her life, she had a vision of all the monasteries in Ireland, and extending from each upwards to the heavens was a pillar of fire. The fire-pillar from Saint Senán mac Geircinn's monastery at Inis Cathaig, in the mouth of the River Shannon, was the highest and so Conaire set off in its direction, judging it to be the most holy.
When she arrived at the monastery, Senán and his monks refused her admittance - as their chastity vows prohibited contact with women. According to some sources, Conaire argued that "Christ came to redeem women no less than to redeem men. No less did