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Ireland’s Oldest Baptistery: St Moling’s Well | Treasure Ireland

St Moling's Well
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Bodies of water plays a huge part in the stories of the Bible, from the Red Sea to the River Jordan. When Christianity spread to Ireland, it was natural for the rivers and springs of this island to be reconceived in light of this sacred history. The site of St Moling’s monastery next to the River Barrow in Co. Carlow is one of the finest examples of this process at work.

Further reading: Tomás Ó Carragáin, ‘Archaeology of early medieval baptism at St Mullin’s, Co Carlow’, Peritia 21 (2010), pp. 285–302.

Acknowledgments: We are grateful to the Office of Public Works for granting permission to film at this National Monument. We are grateful also to Anne Doyle for facilitating our visit.

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