These three, scil.:Declan, Ailbe and Bishop Ibar made a bond of friendship and a league amongst themselves and their spiritual posterity in heaven and on earth for ever and they loved one another. SS. Ailbe and Declan, especially, loved one another as if they were brothers so that, on account of their mutual affection they did not like to be separated from one anotherexcept when their followers threatened to separate them by force if they did not go apart for a very short time. After this Declan returned to his own countryto the Decies of Munsterwhere he preached, and baptized, in the name of Christ, many whom he turned to the Catholic faith from the power of the devil. He built numerous churches in which he placed many of his own followers to serve
p.23and worship God and to draw people to God from the wiles of Satan.