Saint Malachy was originally known by his family name O'Morgair, and was born in Armagh, Ireland in 1094. His full baptism name was Máel Máedoc Úa Morgair.
Even though Celtic names were unusual, his name was exceptionally hard to pronounce. As a result, people referred to him as Malachy when he became a priest, which means “Voice of God.” Similar to the prophet Malachi in the Old Testament, people thought God was with him…so he surely must be the voice of God when he speaks! Malachy was known for his preaching, his prayer life, and his holiness. He is the second patron saint of Ireland, but he was the first patron saint of Ireland to actually be born there.