Mo Ling and Findat

  • Early Irish
  • prose, verse
  • Irish hagiography, minor Irish prose tales
Early Irish anecdote about Mo Ling and an old woman (caillech) named Findat who gave her son to him; also on the appearance of Christ as a leper (clam).
First words (prose)
  • Caillech dorat a mac dósum do M'Ling. Findat a h-ainm
  • Early Irish
prose, verse (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Mo Ling and the leperMo Ling and the leperIrish anecdote about St Mo Ling and a leper. 


Irish hagiographyIrish hagiography

Irish hagiographyIrish hagiography

minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)Irish narrative literature
minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)
id. 33994

Relatively short prose tales in Irish. In learned discourse from the Middle Irish period and later, a distinction is sometimes made between the longer prím-scél and the shorter fo-scél. See eDIL s.v. ‘foscél’ for some references. In the first two volumes of BILL (1913 and 1942), Best included separate headings for ‘Minor tales’.


Mo Ling
Mo Ling
(d. 697)
Irish saint, abbot and patron saint of Tech Mo Ling (St Mullins, Co. Carlow) and reputed ‘bishop’ of Ferna (Ferns).

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[ed.] [tr.] Hull, Vernam, “Two anecdotes concerning St. Moling”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 18 (1930): 90–99.
[ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and M. A. OʼBrien, The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967. xv + pp. 1119-1325.
CELT – pp. 1119-1192 and 1202-1325: <link>
1240–1241 Diplomatic edition direct link
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May 2014, last updated: January 2024