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It is like looking down on the ancient village from a plane such is the elevated view.
It is well worth taking a small detour to get down to it.
The tiny village of St Mullins is a scenic and charming Barrow-side village with an impressive ecclesiastical history.
Moling, a 7th century cleric, prince, poet, artist and artisan built a monastery here with the help of “Gobban Saor”, the legendary Irish builder.
As well as being a good spot for anglers, St.
Mullins is one of the stop-off points for pleasure barges and cruisers who ply the River Barrow.
It is said that St.
Moling dug a mile-long watercourse with his own hands to power his mill; a task that took seven years! Active in politics, he succeeded in convincing the Leinster men to let the Munster men off the Borama, a traditional tribute of cattle which they were forced to pay.
Moiling is said to have been Bishop of Ferns and also of Glendalough.
He died 13 May, 697AD and is buried at St.
Mullins is accessible all year round and Carlow town or New Ross is a good base from which to explore it.
Alternatively there are numerous B&Bs and guesthouses locally.
The area is a wonderful place for walking or cycling with towpaths along the River Barrow.