Clonmore Monastic Site

Clonmore, Co. Carlow

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About Clonmore Monastic Site

Clonmore Monastic Site in Clonmore, Co. Carlow.

Clonmore is one of Carlow's most important early Christian sites. The present road cuts through the monastery founded by St. Maedoc around 600 A.D. No traces of the monastic buildings remain but the importance of the site is attested by the presence of two large crosses, nineteen cross-inscribed stones, an ogham stone and two bullaun stones.

The monastery of Clonmore flourished from the seventh to the eleventh century and at least six saints were associated with it. As well as St. Maedoc, these included St. Fionnan Lobhair and St. Oncho who is said to have been buried in the cemetery along with a substantial collection of relics. The monastery was an important pilgrimage site. Viking raiders attacked the monastery on Christmas Night 836.


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