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Saint Coloman of Stockerau

Also known as Saint Colman (Irish) and Saint Colomannus (Latin), Saint Coloman was an Irish pilgrim travelling to the Holy Land in 1012. Tradition holds that he was one of the sons of Mael-Sechnaill, the High King of Ireland. As he travelled through Austria, he was arrested by guards who mentioned he looked suspicious. At the time, Austria, Moravia and Bohemia were at war with each other and strangers were often treated as potential spies.

Saint Coloman was tortured and hanged officially as a spy along side other robbers at Stockerau Austria on July 16th, 1012. Two years later, the Bishop Megingard transferred his remains to the Abbey of Melk at the request of Marquis Saint Hentry of Austria. Many, many decades later, his remains were taken to Hungary where several churches in chapels were built in Austria, Hungary and Bavaria. Legend holds that while still hanging on the scaffolding, his body remained incorruptible and undisturbed by wild animals for eighteen months. The scaffolding itself blossomed with green branches and one of these branches is still preserved under the high altar at Stockerau.

Two Kings were named in his honor - Geza I of Hungary named his son King Coleman of Hungary and the brother of King Bela IV of Hungary was named Coloman of Galicia-Lodomeria in his honor as well. The remains are now kept at the Melk Abbey in Austria and are currently on display.

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