Mo Ling

  • d. 697
  • feast-day: 17 June
  • saints of Ireland
  • Ferna, Tech Mo Ling
Irish saint, abbot and patron saint of Tech Mo Ling (St Mullins, Co. Carlow) and reputed ‘bishop’ of Ferna (Ferns).
See also: Máedóc of FernsÁedán of Ferns (fl. 7th century) – founder and patron saint of Ferna (Ferns, Co. Wexford), later also a patron saint of Drumlane, Co. Cavan, and later still of Rossinver, Co. Leitrim.
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Frykenberg, Brian, “St. Moling and the legend of Christopher”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 66 (2019): 83–104.  
Texte aus dem zwölften Jahrhundert, die Moling und die Wasser und Furten neben der Hauptstiftung des Heiligen - Tech Moling (heute St. Mullins, Co. Carlow) - behandeln, konzentrieren sich auf Pilgerschaft. Auf diese Weise entdeckt man eine Verbindung mit der Erzählung des Heiligen Christophorus als ‚Christus-Träger‘ (ATU Nr. 768), besonders durch zwei Anekdoten des Heiligen Moling. Ein fast dramatisches Milieu bietet sich zum möglichen Kontext dieser Legenden.
Johnston, Elva, “(Various contributions)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press. URL: <>.
Martin, Bernard, “The character of St Mo Ling and three rhetorical topics”, Studia Celtica 2 (1967): 108–118.
Dobbs, Margaret E., “A poem on the Uí Dega”, Journal of Celtic Studies 1 (1950): 227–231.
Jackson, Kenneth, “The motive of the threefold death in the story of Suibhne Geilt”, in: Ryan, John [ed.], Féil-sgríbhinn Eóin Mhic Néill: Essays and studies presented to professor Eoin MacNeill on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, May 15th 1938, Dublin: Three Candles, 1940. 535–550.
Stokes, Whitley [ed.], “Poems ascribed to S. Moling”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 2, Halle and Dublin, 1908. 20–41.  

Poems ascribed to Mo Ling and related poems from Brussels MS 5100-4, pp. 50-67: 1. Tainic rath forettarsa, 18qq (pp. 20-22); 2. Glend na n-aingel n-ainglidhe, 14qq (22-23); 3. Moling cecinit. Gair na Gairbhe glebinne, 18qq (23-24) and scribal colophon; 4. Cros an Choimdhedh cumachtaigh, 12qq (25); 5. Moling cecinit. A bhen Graig is graccda sain, 24qq (26-28); 6. Molling cecinit. Daigh Cairill ticfa im dail, 4qq (28); 7. A Mulling, na mill mo tuat[h]a, 3qq (28); 8. Angelus Dei et Mulling dixit. Gabhal do sruth Órt[h]anain, 3qq (29); 9. Mulling cecinit. Mo muilendsa is geb dedáil, 5qq (29); 10. Mulling cecinit. Cellan cille Daimcinn duir, 5qq (30); 11. Mulling. Tangas cuccam o Choin Cruacan, 3qq (30); 12. Mulling cecinit. Cech righdamhna Raigne, 3qq (31); 13. Mulling. Cech fer cloinne Conallaig, 3qq (31); 14. Mulling cecinit. Bennacht lem do Chiarraighibh, 5qq (31-32); 15. Mulling cecinit. IS feta in t-airiughadh, 8qq (32); 16. Mulling cecinit. Féocháine mac Brain, 3qq (32-33); 17. Mulling. A Meic Muire it foircclidhe, 3qq (33); 18. Mulling cecinit. Bennacht in Coimdedh do nimh, 4qq (33); 19. Mulling cecinit. Hua Briuin occom riaruccud, 6qq (34); 20. Mulling cecinit, nisi vel potius Dunchadh de quo in fine. Hui Degadh Osraighe áin, 24qq, and marginal note (34-36); 21. Mulling cecinit. Uamhain Gall tainic Muling, 21qq (36-38); 22. Mulling cecinit. Disert mBrecain sunn istleiph, 4qq (39); 23. Colum cille cecinit. Tegh Mulling meic Faolain, 5stt (39-40); 24. Mulling cecinit. A meic madatt buan, 19qq (40-41).

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Meyer, Kuno, “Mélanges: Anecdotes of St. Moling”, Revue Celtique 14 (1893): 188–194.
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