Early Medieval Cross of Rath Melsigi unveiled

Recently County Carlow welcomed a delegation from Echternach, Luxembourg, led by Yves Wengler, Mayor of Echternach, as part of the ongoing renewal of friendship between both areas. The highlights of the visit were the signing of a Friendship Agreement between both Councils and the unveiling of the restored early medieval Cross of Rath Melsigi. In AD 690, St. Willibrord, Patron Saint of Luxembourg, First Apostle of the Netherlands, departed County Carlow after spending twelve years at the famed monastic settlement of Rath Melsigi and undertook his mission to the continent. In AD 698 he established his major monastery in the town of Echternach. His monastery also had a scriptorium which over the centuries produced many fabulous manuscripts. Cllr. John Pender, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, led the welcome by Carlow County Council. Continue reading

Celebration of the Feast of St. Molaise/ St. Laserian


This speech was delivered by Dermot Mulligan, Curator of Carlow County Museum, at the celebration of the Feast of St. Molaise/ St. Laserian, St. Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin. Co. Carlow, Saturday, April 20th* 2019 

“Dia diaobh go leir. Thank you to the Very Reverend Tom Gordon, Fr. Pat Hennessy, Parish Priest of Leighlin and to Fr. Tom Lalor, retired Parish Priest of Leighlin, for the invitation to address you this evening. The significance of the occurrence of the Feast of St. Laserian during Holy Week should not be lost on us. Continue reading

Calligraphy Workshops and Cruinniú na nÓg in Carlow County Museum

On Saturday the 15th June we celebrated Cruinniú na nÓg with two incredible Calligraphy Workshops, presented by Tim O’ Neill.

Tim O’Neill is widely acknowledged to be the finest contemporary calligrapher in Ireland. He is a leading scholarly authority on the subject, and has produced many books including ‘The Irish Hand’, a study of the manuscript tradition in Ireland and ‘Merchants and Mariners in Medieval Ireland’. He is a member of Peannairí, the Association of Irish Calligraphers and the Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland (RSAI). Continue reading

Echternach ‘Hopping Procession’

Tuesday 11th June sees the annual UNESCO World Heritage Status ‘hopping procession’ taking place in Echternach, Luxembourg, in honour of St. Willibrord, their Patron Saint. Over 10,000 people will participate in the procession where they will hop from one foot to the other and they are known as “those who pray with their feet”.

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Pilgrims ‘hopping’ in Echternach.

Willibrord, an Anglo-Saxon from Northumbria, England, spent twelve years at Rath Melsigi, Milford, County Carlow, being formed as a missionary monk. He is one of the most important Saints in Europe. In AD 690, Willibrord led a very successful mission to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where his impact is evident to this day.

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Free Calligraphy Workshops for Children

BOTH WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Carlow County Museum presents two unique calligraphy art workshops with Tim O’Neill, one of Ireland’s finest calligraphers.

During the workshops, Tim will reveal the secrets of our medieval Celtic designs and students will learn that it’s ‘knot’ difficult to draw these impressive world-famous designs when you know how!

In the 7th and 8th centuries, monasteries in County Carlow were producing fabulous books made of vellum. A number of these books survive to this day, including the Book of Mulling from Saint Mullins and the Calendar of Willibrord from Rath Melsigi, Milford.

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Places are limited to 15 students per workshop. Children are asked to bring colouring pencils and/or markers.

Workshop times: 12pm-1pm | 2.30pm-3.30pm

Places must be booked by emailing:
museum@carlowcoco.ie or calling the museum on 059 9131554. 

 

 

This event is part of Cruinniú na nÓg, a day of free creativity for children and young people. For details on other events in Carlow you can visit their website.

 

 

St. Laserian and his Carlow Connection

The 18th of April marks the feast day of St. Laserian, also known as St. Molaise. He is regarded as one of the 12 apostles of Ireland – these were 12 saints who trained under St. Finian (who was born in Myshall, Carlow) at Clonard Abbey in Meath. He lived during the 6th and 7th centuries and is venerated in both Ireland and Scotland. His name means ‘flame of fire’ – Laserian comes from the Irish ‘lasair’, or light. Molaise is ‘mo lasair‘ or my light. Continue reading

Chinese Delegation visits Carlow County Museum

1 April 2019

County Carlow extended the hand of friendship to Chinese partners from the Hunan Province in the People’s Republic of China with an 18 strong delegation visiting the County.

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Representatives from Hunan and Carlow in Carlow Town Hall.

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CHAS History Project Winners

On Wednesday 27th March 2019 the  Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society held their annual History Project Competition. Entries were received from primary school children all across County Carlow.

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Pictured L-R: Pat O’ Neill, President of CHAS; Reuben McCarthy (Third Prize); Kate Somers (First Prize); Kevin McKeon (Second Prize); and Richard Codd, CHAS Committee Member, and Chair of Judging Committee.

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