Mo Ling and Findat

  • Early Irish
  • prose, verse
  • Irish hagiography, minor Irish prose tales
Early Irish anecdote about Mo Ling and an old woman (caillech) named Findat who gave her son to him; also on the appearance of Christ as a leper (clam).
Initial words (prose)
  • Caillech dorat a mac dósum do M'Ling. Findat a h-ainm
  • Early Irish
prose, verse (primary)
Textual relationships


Irish hagiography


Mo LingMo Ling of Ferns / Moling Luachra (d. 697) – Irish saint, abbot and patron saint of Tech Mo Ling (St Mullins, Co. Carlow) and reputed ‘bishop’ of Ferna (Ferns).
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[ed.] [tr.] Hull, Vernam, “Two anecdotes concerning St. Moling”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 18 (1930): 90–99.
[ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and M. A. O'Brien, The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967. xv + pp. 1119-1325.
CELT – pp. 1119-1192 and 1202-1325: <link>
1240–1241 Diplomatic edition direct link
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