Clonmore

Monastic Site

Clonmore is one of County Carlow's most important Early Christian sites. It was named after St Mogue (St Maedoc, St Aiden) who established a religious community and built a monastery here in the 6th century. Although no monastic building have survived, the importance of the site is attested by the presence of two high crosses, a lintel, an ogham stone, two bullaun stones, a font, nineteen cross-inscribed slabs and next to the church grounds a holy well. The monastery flourished from the 7th to the 11th Century and at least six saints were associated with it during that time, including St. Fionnan Lobhair (Leper) and St. Oncho. St Oncho is believed to be buried in the cemetery along with a substantial collection of relics. The later relics generated pilgrimage traffic during that time. Even though St Mogue of Clonmore has a different feast day to St Mogue, first bishop of Ferns, they are more than likely the same person. A pilgrimage took place annually from Ferns to the Holy well here at Clonmore. About fifty metres further down the road from here is a huge bullaun stone next to the river.

St Mogues well is situated further down the road just passed the church on the right. It is a spring fed well. The water was well known for it's currative powers. There are a few steps leading down to a modern well head. I arrived here quite late in the day, so hopefully after my next visit I will have better images.

Situated: Very easy. The monastic site is situated in the centre of Clonmore village in Carlow. From Hacketstown head west on the R747. Turn left on to Slate row. At the T-Junction 3.5k turn right. As you enter Clonmore village turn right. Monastic site is on your left.

Discovery Map: 62 S 963 761 Last visit August 2010.

Longitude: 6° 34' 12" W

Latitude: 52° 49' 38" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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