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

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

St Brigid of Kildare 451-524

A wooden carving of St Brigid holding a bible in her hands

St Brigid as carved in the 20 foot high pulpit on display in Carlow County Museum

 

 

 

Debate over realty

There is debate over whether St Brigid is a real person or not, since St Brigid shares the name of the Pagan Irish goddess associated with Spring, healing and blacksmithing.

The goddess Brigid[i] is celebrated on February 1st [ii} which is the same as St Brigid’s feast day.

This makes some people believe that she is a Christianisation of the god. Continue reading

St Laserian at Lorum Co Carlow — Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland

I was hoping to have this post ready for the feast day of St Laserian on the 18th of April but better late then never. St Laserian has strong associations with Co Carlow and I have discussed the modern pilgrimage to St Laserian at Old Leighlin Co Carlow in previous posts. The saint is also associated […]

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