Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland have written a lovely piece about the annual pattern day celebrations at St. Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow in honour of St. Laserian. The Cathedral is Carlow’s oldest working building and well worth a visit as is the nearby Holy Well which has a role in the pattern day celebrations.
Last year I attended the pattern/patron day celebration in honour of St Laserian at Old Leighlin, Co Carlow. I had planned to write this post the following day but life got in the way as it so often does, and before I new it days, weeks, months and over a year had gone by. So better late than never.
Old Leighlin is a small sleepy village a short distance from Carlow town. St Gobban founded a monastery here in the 7th century. He was succeeded by St Laserian also known as Molaisse , who became the patron saint of the site and surrounding area. In 630 AD, during Laserian’s rule, a synod was held here to consider the correct time for the celebration of Easter (see my post on the Easter Controversy). Laserian died in AD 639 and tradition holds he was buried here and it is likely…
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