New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Carthage


(Mochuda) Abbot, born County Kerry, Ireland, 555; died Lismore, 637. He spent his youth as a swineherd near Castlemaine, entered a neighboring monastery, studied under Saint Carthage the Elder, and was ordained. In 580 he built a cell at Kiltallagh where he lived as a hermit. He founded the monastery of Rahan in Offaly County, c.590, and was consecrated AbbotBishop of the Fercal district. He composed a rule for his monks, a metrical poem of 580 lines, which is one of the most interesting literary treasures of the early Irish Church. Expelled from Rahan, 635, with 800 of his community, he established a monastery which later became the famous school of Lismore. Buried in his own church at Lismore. Feast, 14 May.

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  • “Saint Carthage”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. September 2012. Web. 4 June 2020. <>