From Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th of August 2019 County Carlow welcomed a delegation from Echternach, Luxembourg, led by Yves Wengler, Mayor of Echternach, as part of the ongoing renewal of friendship between both areas. The highlights of the visit were the unveiling of the restored early medieval Cross of Rath Melsigi (CW012-025002) and the signing of a Friendship Agreement between both Councils.Continue reading
Tuesday 11th June sees the annual UNESCO World Heritage Status ‘hopping procession’ taking place in Echternach, Luxembourg, in honour of St. Willibrord, their Patron Saint. Over 10,000 people will participate in the procession where they will hop from one foot to the other and they are known as “those who pray with their feet”.
Willibrord, an Anglo-Saxon from Northumbria, England, spent twelve years at Rath Melsigi, Milford, County Carlow, being formed as a missionary monk. He is one of the most important Saints in Europe. In AD 690, Willibrord led a very successful mission to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where his impact is evident to this day.
I was hoping to have this post ready for the feast day of St Laserian on the 18th of April but better late then never. St Laserian has strong associations with Co Carlow and I have discussed the modern pilgrimage to St Laserian at Old Leighlin Co Carlow in previous posts. The saint is also associated […]
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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