St Maelruan's Font, AKA St Mollrooney's Losset

When you enter the churchyard at St Maelruans, it is virtually impossible to miss this huge granite trough. Although it is known as St Maelruan's Font, it was probably used by pilgrim's to bathe their feet on Maundy Thursday or during pilgrimages to the site. The name was distorted over the years and locally the font became known as St Mollrooney's Losset. Losat is an old irish word for a wooden trough used for kneading bread. In the graveyard to the left of the trough is a small granite cross known at St Maelruan's Cross or locally as St Mollrooney's Loaf and griddle.

Situated: From the N81 take the turn for Tallaght village. Go straight through at the traffic lights. St Maelruan's Church is at the next bend, on your left.

Discovery Map 50: O 0904 2778. Last visit Jan 2018.

Longitude: 6° 21' 52" W

Latitude: 53° 17' 21" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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