(d. c. 609)

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(d. c.609),

abbot and founder of Killaloe (Co. Clare). Almost nothing is known of him except that he was a monk, a builder, and perhaps a hermit, whose oratory on Friars' Island, a few hundred yards from the cathedral, was re-erected before the area was submerged by the Shannon hydro-electric works in 1929. Molua's principal disciple was Flannan, who succeeded him. Feast: 4 August.

AA.SS. Aug. I (1733), 342–52;V.S.H., ii. 206–25;H. G. Leask, ‘The Church of St Lua or Molua, Friars' Island near Killaloe’, J.R.S.A.I., lx (1930), 130–6.

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