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St. Moling's Monastic Settlement
 

County

Carlow

Coordinates

N 52° 29' 19.1"   W 006° 55' 39.9"

Nearest town

Graiguenamanagh

Grid Ref.

S 72888 37967

Map No.

68

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

32

Date of visit

Friday 22 June 2007

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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The penal altar at the entrance of the complex. This could be the place where people came in pilgrimage in 1349 hoping that penance would free them from the Black Death that was killing so many persons in that time.


At this monastic settlement many churches are grouped together at a very close distance from one other.
It was founded in the 11th century and in 1160 this monastery was annexed to the abbey of the Augustinian Canons in Ferns. The buildings at this site are from different periods and Catholic and Protestant churches live together side by side.
There are 6 churches, standing or in ruins, an oratory, a domestic building, the stump of a round tower and a ruined high cross, but an old drawing says that there were 12 high crosses in this monastery. Sadly all but one of these stones are lost. The high cross is at the far end of the complex, almost hidden behind one of the religious building, few metres from the St. James's cell. It stands on a round-shaped base and is incomplete, the lower half of the shaft is missing and the cross results shorter than it actually was. The base is 50 centimetres tall and is decorated with spiral motifs. The cross is 1.45 metres tall, 40 centimetres wide and 30 centimetres thick. The round head has a diameter of 1 metre. On the east face there's a crucifixion, on the opposite face, that is more damaged, there are some beautiful spiral carvings.

The coordinates for this site have been taken at the round tower.


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