Labbamolaga - Church Ruins


Labbamolaga - Church Ruins

The ruins of this 9th/10th-century oratory are in the townland of Labbamolaga, approximately five miles north-west of Mitchelstown. The placename 'Labbamolaga' comes from the Irish 'Leaba Molaige', the bed or grave of Saint Molaga (who died around AD 655). The rectangular stone altar inside the lower illustration is traditionally regarded as the site of the saint's bed. According to the Archaeological Inventory of County Cork  (2000, vol. 4, part2), the ruin is 6.33 metres east-west, 4.45 metres north-south, with four corner antae, each protruding 0.7 metres; the walls are c. 0.755 metres thick with a 0.65 metres wide west doorway.

In the folklore of the area sleeping on or beneath the saint's bed was said to be a cure for rheumatism. Labba Molaga is also featured in the Grove White Notes.

Corresponding article from the Irish Builder

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