Tuesday, 17 June 2014
The Abbot and The Fox
I was reading today about Abbot Moling who died on this day in 697AD at Tigh Moling, St Mullins, Co. Carlow. He is said to have had a pet fox. Can anyone really have a fox as a pet? The wild and wily fox may be thought to have had an abbot as a pet rather than the reverse. However, this was no ordinary abbot, he is said to have won a debate with the Devil, maybe evidence that he was as wily as the fox by his side. He was certainly a man upon whom fortune bestowed favour. He was out fishing one night and landed a huge salmon in his net. When gutting his prize he was astounded to find a bar of gold within the body of the fish. A good man at heart he split it into three parts. He gave one to the poor, another was used to make reliquaries and he spent the third on good works. Hopefully, there was a fox who dined on salmon as a reward for taming a man of the cloth.