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Moling

(c. 627—697) abbot of St Mullins


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(d. 697), bishop. He was a Leinster man who became a monk at Glendalough. Later he founded his monastery of St Mullins (Co. Carlow) beside the river Barrow whose ferry service (which continues to this day) he reputedly founded. He also lived for a time in a nearby hermitage. He is said to have become bishop at (or of) Ferns after the death of Aidan and to have obtained remission from a heavy tribute of many oxen to the local king.

The Book of Mulling is a 9th-century Gospel Book, probably copied from Moling's autograph, as its colophon suggests. It was described by Gerald of Wales (c.1200) and survives to this day in a splendid jewelled shrine in the library of Trinity College, Dublin. It is specially famous for its plan of Moling's monastery; some crosses in it probably indicate areas of sanctuary. Moling's pet fox gave rise to many legends; his cult was early and widespread. Feast: 17 June.

From The Oxford Dictionary of Saints in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Christianity.


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