St Laserian’s is a wonderful example of a late-12th century cathedral found in Old Leighlin, about 15km south of Carlow Town. The house of worship stands on the site where St Gobban founded a monastery in the 7th century.
In the late-12th century, St Laserian’s Cathedral was constructed in Old Leighlin, about 15km south of Carlow Town.
In the 7th century, the grounds were home to a monastery founded by St Gobban and later run by St Laserian, who was buried in the original church. It’s believed a fire destroyed the earlier buildings in the 11th century, and in the middle of the following century, the Bishop of Leighlin began construction of the present stone cathedral.