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Battle of the Saints!

For the day that’s in it!

I don’t know if their paths ever crossed, but two of our local Saints, Columbanus and Laserian, (Naomh Eoin and Old Leighlin!) were central figures in the debate over the date of Easter back in the 6th and 7th centuries!

 

St Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin

St Columbanus, reputedly born on the slopes of the Blackstairs, became one of the great Irish Missionaries in Europe founding many monasteries along with his followers in France, Switzerland and Italy. While located in the area under the auspices of the Frankish Bishops he became embroiled in a major controversy because he and his followers celebrated Easter according to the Celtic Calendar. The Bishops tried to censure him but he refused to cooperate and wrote to Pope Gregory .

There is no record of the Pope replying and Columbanus moved on to eventually settle in Bobbio, Italy.

 

Bobbio, where Columbanus founded his last monastery. Thrilled to have cycled to here in 2010 and on to Rome along the Via Degli Abati.

 

St Laserian spent 14 years in Rome where he was educated under Gregory. When he returned to Ireland he took over the monastery at Old Leighlin and became a strong advocate for the Roman method of calculating Easter. A synod was held at Old Leighlin and it agreed to send a delegation to Rome. It still took some time for the change to Roman calendar to be fully adopted.

Isn’t it remarkable how these monks travelled and communicated with far distant lands in the 6th and 7th centuries?

Molaise’s Well and Cross

 

Front cover of Cardinal O Fiaich’s book

The assertion he may be from Carlow..

Columbanus is known as the first European, as he advocated for a system of federalism and was the first Irishman to have a book written about him some years after his death, by one of his monks, Jonas.

Carlow Camino Route

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Follow the link to the route maps!

The Carlow Way

I have spent a lot of time thinking about the Camino in Spain and about the beauty in our own County that is not recognised for what it is.

So I have mapped my own Carlow Camino. It is intended as a pilgrimage route – it visits many important ecclesiastical sites and honours our local saints who travelled to Europe and established famous monasteries across the continent.

I have cycled all of it and it is very achievable for anyone. The maps are designed with walkers in mind in 8 stages; cyclists of course will cover them much faster.

A large portion of it is off road – I wanted to enjoy nature and travel on traffic free paths. The roads I have used are mostly very very minor roads and all pleasant to walk or cycle.

I hope people will try it out – I know I will be doing it on fine summer days!

Been Camino!

Weltenburg Kloster and Columbanus!

 

Weltenburg Abbey brewery is the oldest in the world, founded in 1050. by the Irish Monks of Columbanus.

Weltenburg Abbey brewery is the oldest in the world, founded in 1050. by the Irish Monks of Columbanus.

Weltenburg Abbey was founded by the Monks of Columbanus. They have been using the same recipe to brew their famous beer since the year 1050!

By coincidence I met with Sabine McGrath, a native of the area who on hearing of the visit of the Bell to Carlow, where she now lives, made the instant connection and united the Beer and the Bell!

Probably the best Abbey Beer in the World.

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