St Bécán, one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, founded a monastery here in the 6th century, giving rise to the town's Irish name Cill Bheagáin, meaning "the church of St Bécán".

Biggins/Beggan Map

This map shows the distribution of people with the Biggins/Beggan name at the time of the Griffiths Valuation, 1848-1864