Special Mass to mark 1400th anniversary of St Moling's birth
Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00
THE 1400 Commemoration of the birth of St Moling was marked with a special mass and procession recently.
Hundreds of people attended the monastic site where a mass was celebrated by Fr Eddie Aughney, PP St Mullins.
Born in 614 in County Kerry, St Moling has become synonymous with the charming riverside village located on the Barrow.
The day's ceremony began was the taking of water from St Moling's holy well by Fr Aughney followed by a procession to the penal altar which was constructed in the middle of the graveyard.
A large crowd attended the mass such is the renown of the saint who had miracles attributed to him and his holy well which is known for curing people with head illnesses.
Fr Aughney gave his homily on the subject of healing and spoke of the pressures people are under today.
He spoke of the deep rooted religious traditions in the area and the great welcome home people from the locality receive at events like the commemoration.
The Graignamanagh Brass Band performed a lengthy recital and there were food and refreshments for sale, as well as items at stalls.
There was music at Blanchfield's pub late into the night.
A large crowd gathered in St Mullins for the annual pattern.
One of the organisers said: 'People stood around their family members' ancestral graves; there's a feeling of connection that goes back thousands of years.'