The sleepy Augustinian Nunnery at Molough just outside of Newcastle was a hive of activity today. A historical and archaeological tour of the abbey took place as part of the annual Éigse festival.
Despite the rain a large crowd still turned out. Breda Ryan talked about the history of the nunnery and I gave a tour of the the site.
The monastery was dedicated to St Brigid and was founded in the early medieval period by the daughters of the King of the Deise. It appears to have been re-founded in the early part of the later medieval period. The present remains consist of a 13th century church, a cloister and two domestic buildings on the east and west side of the cloister.
The church has a number or single light sandstone windows and a beautiful 15th century carved limestone doorway. There are traces of painted plaster work in the east window of the south wall. The paint is orange/reddish colour with black horizontal lines which appears to trying to imitate ashlar masonry.
[…] Thirteenth century masons marks then to be angular lines often crossing lines. In Ireland by the fifteenth century masons marks had become very depicting masons marks had become very elaborate and many clearly show influence of older Irish traditions like the use of knotwork and interlace. Some are very fifteenth century Irish masons marks are very elaborate and its hard to tell if they are decoration or masons marks. South Tipperary has many fine examples of masons marks from this period for examples Holycross Abbey, Cahir Priory, Kilcooley Abbey and the parish church in Cahir and Molough Abbey. […]