Resting place of a King

St. Mullins Oratory (1)

One of the last almost complete buildings within the site at St. Mullins is marked as The Oratory. It’s a simple rectangular structure  of 7.3 m x 4.9m, made from uncoursed granite rubble. The side walls are about 2 meters in height with the gable ends approx 5 meters. In the west gable there is an impressive lintelled doorway locked steel gate to prevent access for some strange reason. There are two lintelled opes in both the north and south walls and a rectangular ope in the east gable which is now blocked from view by a number of medieval memorial stones which rest inside the structure.

St. Mullins Oratory (2)

St. Mullins Oratory (3)

The building is now used as a mausoleum for Kavanagh family (descendants of the Mac Murchada kings of Leinster). To the east of the oratory is an adjoining structure which can be entered. To my surprise it was here that I found a memorial stone for Art Mór Mac Murchadha Caomhánach  or Art MacMurrough  Kavanagh. He was one of the last effective kings of Leinster and from what I have read about him to date showed some redeeming qualities by constantly kicking Anglo Norman butt in the region.

St. Mullins Oratory (4)

St. Mullins Oratory (5)

I guess this was the least that he could do considering it was one of his ancestors whom brought about the Norman invasion of Ireland in the first place.Art is said to have died in New Ross, Co. Wexford in 1417 after being allegedly poisoned. It was said that he was so popular that by the time his body arrived at St. Mullins for burial, the funeral procession was still leaving New Ross which is about 15km away.

St. Mullins Oratory (6)

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About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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15 Responses to Resting place of a King

  1. Pingback: St. Mullins Ecclesiastical site | EdMooneyPhotography

  2. Ali Isaac says:

    Fabulous post Ed… what a wonderful discovery!

  3. Really enjoy your wonderful blend of beautiful photography and interesting history. Great work, great site.

  4. John says:

    Wonderful history and structure.

  5. archecotech says:

    Hey Ed, Great post.

  6. Really nice work, Ed! Keep it up, I can’t wait for more 🙂

  7. Pingback: The Bath | EdMooneyPhotography

  8. thankyou,fascinating.

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