Saints and Stones: Moone (Maen Colmcille)
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Moone was christianised by the Roman Bishop Palladius, so, legend has it, when St. Patrick planned to visit the town the residents of Moone laid traps for him, considering him to be heretic. Patrick was warned however, and he skirted the town and cursed Moone, saying no more men born there would ever become king or bishop. And, there never has been a bishop from Moone.

It is claimed that, in the 6th Century, St. Colmcille (Columba) founded a monastery in Moone, but modern scholarship now claims that a monastery was founded much later here.

Moone's most famous attribute is its 8th Century High Cross, located in the remains of a 13th Century church at the site of the early monastery.

Moone is one of the oldest inhabited areas in County Kildare with evidence of settlement going back 6000 years.

About Moone (Maen Colmcille)

High Crosses: Moone High Cross, Co. Kildare
Kildare.ie: Moone High Crosses
Megalithic Ireland: Irish High Crosses: Moone
Wikipedia: High Crosses
Wikipedia: Columba

Journey to Moone (Maen Colmcille)

The site of Moone's old abbey can be found less than a mile from the village of Moone along a minor road that leads to the town of Athy in County Kildare, Ireland.

Ordnance Survey Map (S7991)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found on the geograph.ie website. General tourist information for the area may also be found on the Kildare Tourist Information website.

Additional Photos of Moone (Maen Colmcille)

Descriptive Sign for Moone
Side of 13th Century Church, Site of Earlier Monastery at Moone
Moone High Cross in 13th Century Church at Moone
East Face of Moone High Cross, the Tallest in Ireland
Top of East Face of Moone High Cross
Base of East Face of Moone Cross Showing the 12 Apostles On the Base Below the Crucifixion
Base of South Face of Moone Cross Showing the Temptation of St Anthony and a Six-Headed Beast
Base of West Face of Moone Cross Showing Daniel in the Lions Den Below the Sacrifice of Isaac
Base of West Face
Base of North Face of Moone Cross Showing the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes Below the Flight into Egypt
North Face of Moone High Cross
Descriptive Sign for the Holed Cross at Moone
Remnant of Holed Cross at Moone
13th Century Church at Moone
13th Century Church at Moone
Side of 13th Century Church at Moone
Side of 13th Century Church at Moone

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