A 13th century gem which nestles in the village of Old Leighlin (Leath gleann – half-glen). The original monastic settlement dates from the 7th century and its peak had a community of 1,500 monks. A synod held here in 630 A.D. was decisive in reconciling the date of Easter for the Irish church. The cathedral embraces a fascinating and often violent history of Viking raids, murder and religious turbulence. Its thirteenth century nave and chancel and its fifteenth century tower and Lady Chapel remain largely unchanged. Also to be seen are the unique four-bay sedilia, the twelfth and thirteenth century fonts and the splendid Catherine O’Brien East Window. Today, St. Laserian’s remains an unspoilt and magical place. Nearby is St. Laserian’s Well with its Celtic cross believed to date from the time of the saint. Buses, educational and pilgrim tours welcome.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford take exit 6 on M9 motorway and follow signs for Leighlinbridge. St. Laserian’s Cathedral is signposted off the R448, 2km beyond the village of Leighlinbridge.
OPENING TIMES: By arrangement. T: 059 9721570.
GPS: 52.736192, – 7.025549
ADMISSION CHARGES: Free, however a donation of €2 is greatly appreciated towards the cathedral’s upkeep.