I know that Ireland has a saint under every rock, but does anyone know
anything about St. Mochulla, whose 7th century monastery was at or near the
present village of Tulla in County Clare. The best description I've found
(pasted below) is at the Clare library website (a quite comprehensive site,
incidentally, for anyone doing Clare research), but even that is merely
sketchy. If anyone cares, my interest comes from having Tulla ancestors
(Maroney and O'Dea).
Tulla is generally translated as TULACH, meaning a hill, but the name of
this East Clare village is merely a shortened version of its full name,
TULACH NA NASPAL, the hill of the apostles, or quite possibly TULACH NA
NEASPAG, the hill of the bishops.
Tulla church was founded about 620 by Mochuille, or Mochulla, son of Dicuil,
and was fortified by his converts. He was consecrated a Bishop and died at a
great age at some unknown date during the seventh century. In 1086 the
monastery was blockaded and nearly taken by Tadhg, son of the titular king
of Ireland. In 1141 a detailed account of the life of St. Mochulla was
written by a monk in the neighbourhood of Limerick. The village of Tulla
grew up around St. Mochulla's monastery and he became its patron saint.
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