St Mullin's

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St. Mullins
Tigh Moling
St. Mullin's Village.jpg
St. Mullins is located in Ireland
St. Mullins
St. Mullins
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°29′22″N 6°55′44″W / 52.489366°N 6.928851°W / 52.489366; -6.928851Coordinates: 52°29′22″N 6°55′44″W / 52.489366°N 6.928851°W / 52.489366; -6.928851
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Carlow
Irish Grid Reference S7280838050

St. Mullins (Irish: Tigh Moling, formerly anglicised as Timoling or Tymoling)[1][2] is a village on the eastern bank of the River Barrow in the south of County Carlow, Ireland. It is less than 2 km off the R729 regional road.

Ruins of the monastery at St. Mullins


The village is named after Saint Moling, who founded a monastery there in the early 7th century. The monastery was said to have been built with the help of "Gobban Saor", the legendary Irish builder. In the 8th-century manuscript, known as "The Book of Mulling", there is a plan of the monastery - the earliest known plan of an Irish monastery - which shows four crosses inside and eight crosses outside the circular monastic wall. It is said that St Moling dug a mile-long watercourse with his own hands to power his mill, a task that took seven years. He became Bishop of Ferns, died in 697 and is buried at St. Mullins. The St Moling watercourse is still there, but the original monastery was plundered by the Vikings in 951 and was again burnt in 1138. An abbey was later built on the site. A 9th-century high cross, showing the Crucifixion and a Celtic spiral pattern, stands outside the remains of the abbey. There are also the remains of a Norman motte and some domestic medieval buildings, including one that has an unusual diamond-shaped window. St Moling's Mill and Well are not far away. The current holder of the Feudal Title "Baron of St. Mullins" is William Thomas Mullins, born in County Wexford on June 16, 1945. The transfer of title was recorded in the Registry of Deeds in Dublin on September2, 1999, reference Book 137, number 287.

River Barrow[edit]

As well as being popular with anglers, St. Mullins is one of the stop-off points for pleasure barges and cruisers who ply the River Barrow. The building of the canal on the Barrow began here in 1750 and the Old Grain Store was built to store goods coming up the river from the sailing ships in New Ross. The horses and carts came down the tracks from the Blackstairs Mountains to gather their supplies and sell their goods for export. Horses were kept in the old stables to pull the barges up-river and the blacksmith was on hand to repair the barges and shoe the draught horses. By 1920 the Bolinder engine had arrived and with motorized barges the long serving horses were no longer needed.

River Barrow at St. Mullins

St. Mullins is also the beginning and ending point for the Barrow Way long distance walk.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Order (An tOrdú Logainmneacha), 1975.
  2. ^ St. Mullin's Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2013-03-21.

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