St Lazerian’s Church of Ireland Cathedral
Location: Old Leighlin Co.Carlow

Listing Description

St Lazerian's Church Carlow is 13th century gem which nestles in the village of Old Leighlin (Leath gleann – half-glen). The original monastic settlement dates from the 7th century and at its peak had a community of 1,500 monks. A synod held here in 630 A.D. was decisive in reconciling the date of Easter for the Irish church. e cathedral embraces a fascinating and often violent history of Viking raids, murder and religious turbulence. Its 13th century nave and chancel and its 15th century tower and Lady Chapel remain largely unchanged. Also to be seen is the unique four-bay sedilia, the 12th and 13th century fonts and the splendid Catherine O’Brien East Window. Today St. Laserian’s remains an unspoilt and magical place. Nearby is St. Laserian’s Well with its celtic cross believed to date from the time of the saint. Buses, educational and pilgrim Old Leighlin Cathedral (Church of Ireland) stands on the site of the original monastery in Old Leighlin village that dated back to the 7th century. The monastery, which is believed to have had 1,500 monks, was founded by St. Gobban and later became famous for its links to St. Lazerian. It was here, at the Synod of Leighlin in 630 AD, that the decision was taken by the Celtic Church to adopt the Roman method of calculating the date for Easter. The present Cathedral dates back to the 12th century with additions and alterations from the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Educational Pilgrim and Bus Tours Welcome


Tourist and Visitors


Opening Times

Every Sunday: 10.00a.m.
5th Sunday of Month: 11.00a.m

Entry Free - E2 donations greatly accepted

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Old Leighlin Co Carlow

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