Carlow is a wonderful county full of amazing archaeology and historic sites. I recently visited the village of Myshall located at the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains a short distance from the Carlow/Wexford Border. Myshall is traditionally held to be the birthplace of the great Irish saint St Finian, founder of the celebrated monastery of Clonard in Co. Meath. An early medieval church dedicated to the saint sits at the centre of the village.
St Finian’s church at Myshall
The church now in ruins is a pre-Norman structure and only the west gable of the church survives to any great height. Within this wall is a very fine semicircular arch doorway.
The site is also associated with St Brigit. A short distance from the church is two-basin bullaun stone known as St Brigit’s Stone.
Bullaun stone at Myshall
Local folklore connects this stone to a series of parallel ridges called…
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