COLMCILLE 1500

1500 years ago, one of Ireland’s most famous sons was born in Gartan, Co. Donegal. With strong roots in the North West of Ireland, Colmcille (or St. Columba) went on to blaze a trail of cultural and social change around the world. He became one of Ireland’s three patron saints, the patron saint of Derry and his influence extends to this day.

Donegal County Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council have come together, with support from the North West Development Fund, to commemorate Colmcille’s remarkable life and legacy with a series of events and activities throughout the coming year.

Keep up to date with the interactive calendar to find out about the latest events happening in celebration of the saint during this special year. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram by clicking the icons at the top of the page or sign up to the newsletter.

In the meantime, get to know more about the man by scrolling through the timeline below for an enlightening account of his eventful life. You can also find links to resources related to Colmcille and the 1500th commemorations.

History of Colmcille

EARLY YEARS
Born into Irish royalty, Colmcille may always have been destined to do great things. The Cineál Chonaill clan of the Uí Néill dynasty welcomed him into their family on 7th December 520 or 521 AD in Gartan, Co. Donegal. His father was Feilimí, a highly respected Tír Chonaill chief, while his mother Eithne was a princess descended from aristocratic circles in Leinster. The legendary and fierce pagan king, Niall of the Nine Hostages, is said to be Colmcille’s great-great grandfather – he is arguably most famous for capturing a young slave in Wales and bringing him to Ireland, with that slave turning out to be none other than St. Patrick. Despite his illustrious family and having a legitimate claim, Colmcille had no intention of taking up the Uí Néill throne.
EDUCATION
The most affluent at that time traditionally gave their children to foster parents to be educated and Columba was no different. He was taken in by a priest called Cruithnechán, the same man who baptised him and who then provided the youngster’s first taste of religious education, although he had previously been training in the poetic arts as a bard. He found his calling, however, when it came to Christianity and was educated firstly in Kilmacrennan, and later under Finnian of Movilla and Finnian of Clonard. Coincidentally, he also studied alongside others who would go on to become saints - most notably Kenneth and Comgall - and in 551 he was finally ordained as a priest.
FOUNDING OF DERRY MONASTERY
Colmcille is said to have planted the first seeds along the River Foyle’s west bank which led to the eventual sprouting of the modern-day City of Derry. A community grew in the area after Colmcille built a monastery in 545 which attracted many settlers given the cultural significance of the religious institution. The location was originally called Doire Calgaigh which translates as ‘oakwood of Calgach’ but it later became known as Doire Cholmcille, meaning ‘oakwood of Colmcille’, a testament to the high regard Columba was held in. Derry and the North West continue to honour Colmcille to this day – in fact, he is so highly thought of that in recent times an enormous statue of the man was proposed to be built on the bed of the River Foyle, not unlike the iconic Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
TORY ISLAND & GLENCOLMCILLE
Following the founding of Derry’s monastery, Colmcille is estimated to have established between 55 and 66 Christian sites throughout Ireland. These include monasteries in Drumcliffe, Kells and Durrow, but there were also several in County Donegal such as Raphoe, Kilmacrennan and Drumhome. Of special significance however are Glencolmcille, where he is said to have resided for two years, and Tory Island, where upon landing he was met with the pagan king Oilill. Oilill allowed Colmcille to build his monastery on a piece of land the same size as his cloak, but the cloak miraculously spread over the entire island. Angered, the king set his dog on the visitor but Colmcille made the sign of the cross, and the dog leapt into the sea to its death but left its footprints on a rock, which has been immortalised as the ‘Rock of the Hound.’
THE BATTLE OF CÚIL DREIMHNE
Colmcille became embroiled in an infamous scandal when Finnian of Movilla returned from Rome with a text entitled “Vulgate” which Colmcille wanted to copy. Finnian, however, refused to give him permission, but he copied it anyway, leading to a dispute that went to court and to Diarmaid, High King of Ireland. Diarmaid ruled in Finnian’s favour, declaring the immortal words: “To every cow its calf, to every book its copy.” Colmcille did not take the verdict well, and his sense of injustice led to him enlisting the Uí Néill clan’s help, which culminated in the violent Battle of Cúil Dreimhne in Sligo in 561. Over 3,000 men died fighting as Colmcille claimed victory over Diarmaid, allowing him to keep his copy (The Cathach). The bloodshed caused outrage among the church’s hierarchy, and Colmcille was banished from Ireland.
SETTLING IN IONA
Upon his banishment, Colmcille set sail across the Irish Sea for Dál Riata in Scotland in 563 alongside 12 companions. He was a man who had friends in high places - probably helped by his royal lineage – so he reached out to his cousin, the Scottish Gaelic king Conall mac Comhaill , who gifted him the island of Iona shortly after their arrival. It was here that Colmcille built his most famous monastery which went on to become one of the most renowned cultural and religious powerhouses in Britain and Ireland and was the catalyst for converting much of pagan Scotland, northern England and even parts of Europe to Christianity. Iona’s significance remained long after Colmcille’s death with the island’s monks creating numerous manuscripts, including the exceptional Book of Kells which is around 1200 years old.
MYTHICAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE LOCH NESS MONSTER
It is said that Colmcille was the first to happen upon the fabled Loch Ness monster in 565, three years after moving to Scotland. While he was traversing the Highlands on his mission to spread Christ’s word, the beast is said to have risen from the loch’s depths and hurtled towards Lughaidh, one of Colmcille’s disciples. Upon seeing the monster, Colmcille is said to have performed a miracle, telling it to “go back with all speed” in the name of God. The infamous figure immediately descended back from whence it came, sparing the life of Lughaidh. This legendary account comes from the writings of Adhamhnán, who documented Colmcille’s life over a century after his death.
THE CONVENTION OF DROIM CEAT
Colmcille returned to his Irish homeland for the legendary Convention of Droim Ceat in 578. Limavady was the location for this royal gathering of nobility involving Áedán mac Gabráin, King of Dál Riata and the Irish Cineál Chonaill king Aodh mac Ainmhireach. Colmcille is said to have been the brains behind the occasion, devising a plot against their common enemy Baothán mac Cairill, the king of East Ulster. The convention’s main aim was probably to display ‘strength in numbers’ and all parties realised an alliance would be to their benefit. It is said that Colmcille attached sods of Scottish soil to his shoes as he didn’t want to stand on Irish turf, while he also launched a stark defence of the bards who were coming under fire for their ‘twisted words.’
DEATH & LEGACY
Following an eventful and dramatic life, Colmcille most likely died on the 9th of June, 597 aged in his mid-seventies. Despite being buried by his loyal followers on Iona, some of his relics now lie in Downpatrick, Co. Down alongside illustrious company – his fellow Irish patron saints St. Patrick and St. Brigid. Colmcille’s legacy endures to this day – 1,500 years later, St. Columb’s Park in Derry, Glencolmcille in Donegal and St. Columba’s Parish in Edinburgh are just some of the hundreds of places worldwide that bear his name in tribute to his achievements.
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EARLY YEARS
Born into Irish royalty, Colmcille may always have been destined to do great things. The Cenél Conaill clan of the Uí Néill dynasty welcomed him into their family on 7th December 520 or 521 AD in Gartan, Co. Donegal. His father was Feidhlimid, a highly respected Tír Chonaill chief, while his mother Eithne was a princess descended from aristocratic circles in Leinster. The legendary and fierce pagan king, Niall of the Nine Hostages, is said to be Colmcille’s great-great grandfather – he is arguably most famous for capturing a young slave in Wales and bringing him to Ireland, with that slave turning out to be none other than St. Patrick. Despite his illustrious family and having a legitimate claim, Colmcille had no intention of taking up the Uí Néill throne.
EDUCATION
The most affluent at that time traditionally gave their children to foster parents to be educated and Columba was no different. He was taken in by a priest called Cruithnechán, the same man who baptised him and who then provided the youngster’s first taste of religious education, although he had previously been training in the poetic arts as a bard. He found his calling, however, when it came to Christianity and was educated firstly in Kilmacrennan, and later under Finnian of Movilla and Finnian of Clonard. Coincidentally, he also studied alongside others who would go on to become saints - most notably Kenneth and Comgall - and in 551 he was finally ordained as a priest.
FOUNDING OF DERRY MONASTERY
Colmcille is said to have planted the first seeds along the River Foyle’s west bank which led to the eventual sprouting of the modern-day City of Derry. A community grew in the area after Colmcille built a monastery in 545 which attracted many settlers given the cultural significance of the religious institution. The location was originally called Daire Calgaich which translates as ‘oakwood of Calgaich’ but it later became known as Doire Colmcille, meaning ‘oakwood of Colmcille’, a testament to the high regard Columba was held in. Derry and the North West continue to honour Colmcille to this day – in fact, he is so highly thought of that in recent times an enormous statue of the man was proposed to be built on the bed of the River Foyle, not unlike the iconic Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
TORY ISLAND & GLENCOLMCILLE
Following the founding of Derry’s monastery, Colmcille is estimated to have established between 55 and 66 Christian sites throughout Ireland. These include monasteries in Drumcliffe, Kells and Durrow, but there were also several in County Donegal such as Raphoe, Kilmacrennan and Drumhome. Of special significance however are Glencolmcille, where he is said to have resided for two years, and Tory Island, where upon landing he was met with the pagan king Oilill. Oilill allowed Colmcille to build his monastery on a piece of land the same size as his cloak, but the cloak miraculously spread over the entire island. Angered, the king set his dog on the visitor but Colmcille made the sign of the cross, and the dog leapt into the sea to its death but left its footprints on a rock, which has been immortalised as the ‘Rock of the Hound.’
THE BATTLE OF CÚL DREIMHNE
Colmcille became embroiled in an infamous scandal when Finnian of Movilla returned from Rome with a text entitled “Vulgate” which Colmcille wanted to copy. Finnian, however, refused to give him permission, but he copied it anyway, leading to a dispute that went to court and to Diarmuid, High King of Ireland. Diarmuid ruled in Finnian’s favour, declaring the immortal words: “To every cow its calf, to every book its copy.” Colmcille did not take the verdict well, and his sense of injustice led to him enlisting the Uí Néill clan’s help, which culminated in the violent Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in Sligo in 561. Over 3,000 men died fighting as Colmcille claimed victory over Diarmuid, allowing him to keep his copy (The Cathach). The bloodshed caused outrage among the church’s hierarchy, and Colmcille was banished from Ireland.
SETTLING IN IONA
Upon his banishment, Colmcille set sail across the Irish Sea for Dál Riata in Scotland in 563 alongside 12 companions. He was a man who had friends in high places - probably helped by his royal lineage – so he reached out to his cousin, the Scottish Gaelic king Conall mac Comgall, who gifted him the island of Iona shortly after their arrival. It was here that Colmcille built his most famous monastery which went on to become one of the most renowned cultural and religious powerhouses in Britain and Ireland and was the catalyst for converting much of pagan Scotland, northern England and even parts of Europe to Christianity. Iona’s significance remained long after Colmcille’s death with the island’s monks creating numerous manuscripts, including the exceptional Book of Kells which is around 1200 years old.
MYTHICAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE LOCH NESS MONSTER
It is said that Colmcille was the first to happen upon the fabled Loch Ness monster in 565, three years after moving to Scotland. While he was traversing the Highlands on his mission to spread Christ’s word, the beast is said to have risen from the loch’s depths and hurtled towards Lugne, one of Colmcille’s disciples. Upon seeing the monster, Colmcille is said to have performed a miracle, telling it to “go back with all speed” in the name of God. The infamous figure immediately descended back from whence it came, sparing the life of Lugne. This legendary account comes from the writings of Adomnán, who documented Colmcille’s life over a century after his death.
THE CONVENTION OF DRUM CEAT
Colmcille returned to his Irish homeland for the legendary Convention of Drum Ceat in 578. Limavady was the location for this royal gathering of nobility involving Áedán mac Gabráin, King of Dál Riata and the Irish Cenél Conaill king Áed mac Ainmerech. Colmcille is said to have been the brains behind the occasion, devising a plot against their common enemy Báetán mac Cairill, the king of East Ulster. The convention’s main aim was probably to display ‘strength in numbers’ and all parties realised an alliance would be to their benefit. It is said that Colmcille attached sods of Scottish soil to his shoes as he didn’t want to stand on Irish turf, while he also launched a stark defence of the bards who were coming under fire for their ‘twisted words.’
DEATH & LEGACY
Following an eventful and dramatic life, Colmcille most likely died on the 9th of June, 597 aged in his mid-seventies. Despite being buried by his loyal followers on Iona, some of his relics now lie in Downpatrick, Co. Down alongside illustrious company – his fellow Irish patron saints St. Patrick and St. Brigid. Colmcille’s legacy endures to this day – 1,500 years later, St. Columb’s Park in Derry, Glencolmcille in Donegal and St. Columba’s Parish in Edinburgh are just some of the hundreds of places worldwide that bear his name in tribute to his achievements.
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EARLY YEARS
Born into Irish royalty, Colmcille may always have been destined to do great things. The Cenél Conaill clan of the Uí Néill dynasty welcomed him into their family on 7th December 520 or 521 AD in Gartan, Co. Donegal. His father was Feidhlimid, a highly respected Tír Chonaill chief, while his mother Eithne was a princess descended from aristocratic circles in Leinster. The legendary and fierce pagan king, Niall of the Nine Hostages, is said to be Colmcille’s great-great grandfather – he is arguably most famous for capturing a young slave in Wales and bringing him to Ireland, with that slave turning out to be none other than St. Patrick. Despite his illustrious family and having a legitimate claim, Colmcille had no intention of taking up the Uí Néill throne.
EDUCATION
The most affluent at that time traditionally gave their children to foster parents to be educated and Columba was no different. He was taken in by a priest called Cruithnechán, the same man who baptised him and who then provided the youngster’s first taste of religious education, although he had previously been training in the poetic arts as a bard. He found his calling, however, when it came to Christianity and was educated firstly in Kilmacrennan, and later under Finnian of Movilla and Finnian of Clonard. Coincidentally, he also studied alongside others who would go on to become saints - most notably Kenneth and Comgall - and in 551 he was finally ordained as a priest.
FOUNDING OF DERRY MONASTERY
Colmcille is said to have planted the first seeds along the River Foyle’s west bank which led to the eventual sprouting of the modern-day City of Derry. A community grew in the area after Colmcille built a monastery in 545 which attracted many settlers given the cultural significance of the religious institution. The location was originally called Daire Calgaich which translates as ‘oakwood of Calgaich’ but it later became known as Doire Colmcille, meaning ‘oakwood of Colmcille’, a testament to the high regard Columba was held in. Derry and the North West continue to honour Colmcille to this day – in fact, he is so highly thought of that in recent times an enormous statue of the man was proposed to be built on the bed of the River Foyle, not unlike the iconic Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
TORY ISLAND & GLENCOLMCILLE
Following the founding of Derry’s monastery, Colmcille is estimated to have established between 55 and 66 Christian sites throughout Ireland. These include monasteries in Drumcliffe, Kells and Durrow, but there were also several in County Donegal such as Raphoe, Kilmacrennan and Drumhome. Of special significance however are Glencolmcille, where he is said to have resided for two years, and Tory Island, where upon landing he was met with the pagan king Oilill. Oilill allowed Colmcille to build his monastery on a piece of land the same size as his cloak, but the cloak miraculously spread over the entire island. Angered, the king set his dog on the visitor but Colmcille made the sign of the cross, and the dog leapt into the sea to its death but left its footprints on a rock, which has been immortalised as the ‘Rock of the Hound.’
THE BATTLE OF CÚL DREIMHNE
Colmcille became embroiled in an infamous scandal when Finnian of Movilla returned from Rome with a text entitled “Vulgate” which Colmcille wanted to copy. Finnian, however, refused to give him permission, but he copied it anyway, leading to a dispute that went to court and to Diarmuid, High King of Ireland. Diarmuid ruled in Finnian’s favour, declaring the immortal words: “To every cow its calf, to every book its copy.” Colmcille did not take the verdict well, and his sense of injustice led to him enlisting the Uí Néill clan’s help, which culminated in the violent Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in Sligo in 561. Over 3,000 men died fighting as Colmcille claimed victory over Diarmuid, allowing him to keep his copy (The Cathach). The bloodshed caused outrage among the church’s hierarchy, and Colmcille was banished from Ireland.
SETTLING IN IONA
Upon his banishment, Colmcille set sail across the Irish Sea for Dál Riata in Scotland in 563 alongside 12 companions. He was a man who had friends in high places - probably helped by his royal lineage – so he reached out to his cousin, the Scottish Gaelic king Conall mac Comgall, who gifted him the island of Iona shortly after their arrival. It was here that Colmcille built his most famous monastery which went on to become one of the most renowned cultural and religious powerhouses in Britain and Ireland and was the catalyst for converting much of pagan Scotland, northern England and even parts of Europe to Christianity. Iona’s significance remained long after Colmcille’s death with the island’s monks creating numerous manuscripts, including the exceptional Book of Kells which is around 1200 years old.
MYTHICAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE LOCH NESS MONTSER
It is said that Colmcille was the first to happen upon the fabled Loch Ness monster in 565, three years after moving to Scotland. While he was traversing the Highlands on his mission to spread Christ’s word, the beast is said to have risen from the loch’s depths and hurtled towards Lugne, one of Colmcille’s disciples. Upon seeing the monster, Colmcille is said to have performed a miracle, telling it to “go back with all speed” in the name of God. The infamous figure immediately descended back from whence it came, sparing the life of Lugne. This legendary account comes from the writings of Adomnán, who documented Colmcille’s life over a century after his death.
THE CONVENTION OF DRUM CEAT
Colmcille returned to his Irish homeland for the legendary Convention of Drum Ceat in 578. Limavady was the location for this royal gathering of nobility involving Áedán mac Gabráin, King of Dál Riata and the Irish Cenél Conaill king Áed mac Ainmerech. Colmcille is said to have been the brains behind the occasion, devising a plot against their common enemy Báetán mac Cairill, the king of East Ulster. The convention’s main aim was probably to display ‘strength in numbers’ and all parties realised an alliance would be to their benefit. It is said that Colmcille attached sods of Scottish soil to his shoes as he didn’t want to stand on Irish turf, while he also launched a stark defence of the bards who were coming under fire for their ‘twisted words.’
DEATH & LEGACY
Following an eventful and dramatic life, Colmcille most likely died on the 9th of June, 597 aged in his mid-seventies. Despite being buried by his loyal followers on Iona, some of his relics now lie in Downpatrick, Co. Down alongside illustrious company – his fellow Irish patron saints St. Patrick and St. Brigid. Colmcille’s legacy endures to this day – 1,500 years later, St. Columb’s Park in Derry, Glencolmcille in Donegal and St. Columba’s Parish in Edinburgh are just some of the hundreds of places worldwide that bear his name in tribute to his achievements.
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The Colmcille 1500 Commemorations will feature a number of social and cultural events marking the legacy of the saint over the course of 2021.  

 Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it will be necessary for many of these events to take place virtually. However, we are hopeful that we will be able to invite members of the public to attend certain events in person as and when we are given the go ahead from the authorities in all jurisdictions. 

 Any event taking place will comply fully with the relevant COVID-19 safety regulations and attendees will be asked to wear a mask when required, maintain social distancing and ensure frequent hand washing and/or sanitising. 

 If you have returned a positive test for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a positive case within ten days of any event, attendance will be forbidden. Ticket refunds can be arranged in this situation. 

 These measures are necessary in order to ensure any events planned can proceed in the safest possible manner. 

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𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗮: 𝗦𝘁. 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗮, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁 | 17th June | 6.30pm-8pm | https://bit.ly/3yh9a0x
A scholar and preacher, Columba made his voice heard - or spoke up on behalf of others - in everything from minor disputes in local communities to grand conventions of kings.
Historic Environment Scotland, poet in residence Alex Aldred will engage with depictions of St. Columba as messenger, both of his people and of the divine.
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#Virtualtour| @stcolumbsparkhouse and @access_heritage have created a stunning virtual tour ‘Colmcille the Man’ in St Columb’s Park in Derry.
𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲: https://access-heritage.com/Virtual/Colmcille1500

💠Funded through our Colmcille 1500 Grant Scheme
#Colmcille1500 #stcolumbsparkhouse #accessheritageireland
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𝗚𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗺𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲 | Lár Chomhairle Paroiste Ghleanncholmcille - Airneál Óige Ghleann Cholm Cille | 𝟭𝟮𝘁𝗵 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲, 𝟰𝗽𝗺 | Lárchomhairle Paróiste Ghleanncholmcille

𝗔 𝗖𝗿𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘂́ 𝗻𝗮 𝗻𝗢́𝗴 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭
Seo léiriú ar oidhreacht Cholmcille le hóige Ghleann Cholm Cille.
Aithriseoireacht, amhránaíocht, ceol agus drámaíocht ó Ghaeltacht an Iardheisceart, á chraoladh ó suíomhanna oidhreachta Naomh Colmcille sa cheantar.

Dhéanfar an ócáid seo a réamh thaifeadhadh and craolfar é ag 4.00 i.n. ar an 12 Meitheamh ar Facebook ar na nascanna seo a leanas:
larchomhairleparoiste.ghleanncholmcille bealanphobail

𝗚𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗺𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲
A snapshot of the legacy of Colmcille with the youth of Gleann Cholm Cille. Recitation, song, music and drama from the Southwest Gaeltacht, broadcast from a range of heritage sites connected with the Saint. Suitable for 0-18yrs

This event will be pre-recorded and will be broadcast 12th June at 4:00pm on the 12 June on Lárchomhairle Paróiste Ghleanncholmcille Facebook Page

Viewing details will be available at www.wainfest.ie
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𝗖𝗿𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘂́ 𝗻𝗮 𝗻𝗢́𝗴 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 | Saturday 12th June is a day of free creative activity for children and young people across Ireland, and is the only event of its kind in the world. This year in Donegal, three of the planned events are celebrating St Colmcille, as part of the 1500th anniversary.
Children of 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 will share their experience of life in Colmcille’s birthplace through art, drama and music; 𝗔𝗶𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗮́𝗹 𝗢́𝗶𝗴𝗲 𝗚𝗵𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗺 𝗖𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 (Glencolmcille Youth Arcade) will broadcast from a range of heritage sites connected with the Saint; and 𝗣𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗲́𝗶𝗹𝗲 will deliver interactive digital media workshops to create an app on Colmcille’s life.

For further details go to: www.wainfest.ie
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#ColmcilleFeastDay | A number of celebrations are taking place to mark Colmcille's Feast Day.

Aras Cholmcille - 𝗦𝘁. 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗮 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲 will be open for visits 11am - 3pm or online at www.stcolumbaheritage.com. Wooden sculptures will also be on display at the Well.

Déanfar Áras Cholmcille - Ionad Oidhreachta Cholm Cille, atá in aice leis an Túr Fhada, a fhoscailt arís in am don Fhéile agus is féidir dul ar cuairt ann ó 11am go 3pm nó ar líne ag www.stcolumbaheritage.com. Beidh dealbha adhmaid ar taispeáint ag an Tobar fosta.

Two new 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗺𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗘𝘅𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
‘𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗺𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 - 𝗠𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵𝘀’ at the Tower Museum will run until September before moving to Donegal County Museum. The joint exhibition will take people on journey of discovery around the world of Colmcille in Donegal and Derry.
Donegal Central Library in Letterkenny, will display a limited edition of the ‘𝗙𝗮𝗸𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗩𝗲𝗿𝗹𝗮𝗴 𝗟𝘂𝘇𝗲𝗿𝗻’ 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗞𝗲𝗹𝗹𝘀 presented in an decorative case alongside a limited edition poem by Seamus Heaney ‘𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺 𝗖𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯'

Beidh dhá thaispeántas úra foscailte fosta ar an Fhéile. Beidh ‘Colmcille - Man and Myths’ ag Músaem an Túir go dtí Meán Fómhair sula mbogfar go Músaem Contae Dhún na nGall iad. Is comhthaispeántas é idir an dá Chomhairle a bheas ar siúl ar thuras fionnachtana ar fud dhomhan Cholm Cille i nDún na nGall agus i nDoire. I Lárleabharlann Dhún na nGall i Leitir Ceanainn beidh eagrán teoranta de ‘Faksimile Verlag Luzern’ Leabhar Ceanannais curtha i láthair i gcás maisiúil ar taispeáint taobh le heagrán teoranta de dhán le Seamus Heaney ‘Colum Cille the Scrib’.

#towermuseum #donegalcountymuseum #donegalcountylibrary #arascholmcille
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#ColmcilleFeastDay | A number of celebrations are taking place to mark Colmcille's Feast Day.
𝗔𝗿𝗮𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗺𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 - 𝗦𝘁. 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗮 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲 will be open for visits 11am - 3pm or online at www.stcolumbaheritage.com. Wooden sculptures will also be on display at the Well.

Two new 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗺𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗘𝘅𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
‘𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗺𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 - 𝗠𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵𝘀’ at the Tower Museum will run until September before moving to Donegal County Museum. The joint exhibition will take people on journey of discovery around the world of Colmcille in Donegal and Derry.
Donegal Central Library in Letterkenny, will display a limited edition of the ‘𝗙𝗮𝗸𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗩𝗲𝗿𝗹𝗮𝗴 𝗟𝘂𝘇𝗲𝗿𝗻’ 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗞𝗲𝗹𝗹𝘀 presented in an decorative case alongside a limited edition poem by Seamus Heaney ‘𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺 𝗖𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯’.
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#DidYouKnow |❓ Did you know that there are more than twenty 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝘆 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹𝘀 dedicated to St. Colmcille in Donegal? Given this historic year as the 1500th anniversary of Colmcille’s birth and his Feast Day on the 9th June, this could be an opportunity for local communities to re-discover these wells.

Full Details: https://bit.ly/3crT6jc

An raibh a fhios agat go bhfuil corradh le fiche Tobar Naofa tiomnaithe do Cholm Cille i nDún na nGall? Ó tharla gurb í an bhliain stairiúil seo cuimhneachán 1500 bliain bhreith Cholm Cille agus go dtiteann a Fhéile ar 9ú Meitheamh, d’fhéadfadh seo faill a thabhairt do phobail áitiúla teacht ar na toibreacha seo arís.
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#FeastDayEvents | To celebrate St Colmcille’s Feast Day, RTE News Channel will broadcast live tomorrow at 10.30am from St. Colmcille’s Church, Glendowan.
St Columba's Church of Ireland in Glencolmcille which will be open to visitors throughout the day and mass will be streamed from St Colmcille's Well in Fanad at 10am at www.facebook.com/stmarysfanavolty.
In Derry, the place of Colmcille’s first and most beloved monastery, Bishop Donal McKeown will celebrate Mass in St Columba's Church Long Tower at 10.00am and will bless water from St Columba's Well which will be available in the Church after the service. You can watch the special mass at http://longtowerchurch.org/webcam.

Dé Céadaoin 9ú Meitheamh, beidh Cainéal Nuachta RTÉ beo ar 10.30am i dTeach Pobail Cholm Cille, Gleann Domhain le ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar an Fhéile. Déanfaidh cuid mhór suíomhanna agus áiteanna eile atá tiomnaithe don naomh ceiliúradh ar an lá. Mar shampla, beidh Eaglais Columba de chuid Eaglais na hÉireann i nGleann Cholm Cille foscailte do chuairteoirí i rith an lae agus i bhFánaid déanfar Aifreann a shruthú ó Thobar Cholm Cille ar 10am ag www.facebook.com/stmarysfanavolty.
Chomh maith leis sin, i nDoire, mar a raibh an chéad mhainistir,an mhainistir ab ansa le Colm Cille, déanfaidh an tEaspag Dónal Mac Eoin Aifreann a cheiliúradh in Eaglais Cholm Cille, an Túr Fada ar 10.00am agus beannóidh sé an t-uisce ó Thobar Cholm Cille a bheas ar fáil san Eaglais i ndiaidh na seirbhíse. Is féidir an t-aifreann speisialta a fheiceáil ag http://longtowerchurch.org/webcam. Déanfar Áras Cholmcille - Ionad Oidhreachta Cholm Cille, atá in aice leis an Túr Fhada, a fhoscailt arís in am don Fhéile agus is féidir dul ar cuairt ann ó 11am go 3pm nó ar líne ag www.stcolumbaheritage.com. Beidh dealbha adhmaid ar taispeáint ag an Tobar fosta.
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#ALastingLegacy | Raphoe Diocese Colmcille 1500 will present ‘Colmcille: A Lasting Legacy’, a virtual series on the life and legacy of Colmcille/Columba.
🎥 The series will be streamed on YouTube on 6th, 7th & 8th June at 8pm with contributions from Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ and Rev. David Houlton, Rector of Gartan as well as historians, academics and other Columban experts.
Original poetry, music compositions and an extract from ‘The Enemy Within’ in Gaeilge will be featured along with Margaret McAteer’s new musical setting of ‘Alone with None but Thee’ .
Colmcille Gospel Choir and guest singers including Moya Brennan and Glencolmcille Primary School will also perform.
Further details can be found at: https://bit.ly/3fR5aLQ

Cuirfidh Colmcille 1500 Dheoise Ráth Bhoth i láthair ‘Colmcille: A Lasting Legacy’, sraith fhíorúil ar shaol agus oidhreacht Cholm Cille /Columba, a dhéanfar a shruthú i dtrí chuid via YouTube ar 6, 7 agus 8 Meitheamh 2021 ar 8pm. Beidh ábhar sa tsraith ón Easpag Alan Mac Eochagáin SJ agus ón Urramach David Houlton, Reachtaire Ghartáin agus ó staraithe, lucht acadúil agus saineolaithe eile ar Cholm Cille. Beidh filíocht úr agus saothair úra cheoil ann chomh maith agus sleachta ó obair de chuid páistí áitiúla agus sliocht as ‘The Enemy Within’ i nGaeilge. Beidh an premiére ann fosta de chóiriú ceoil Mhairéad Nic an tSaoir de ‘Alone with None but Thee’ le Cór Soiscéalach Cholm Cille le haoicheoltóirí mar Mháire Ní Bhraonáin i gcuideachta cóir eile, ceoltóirí agus Bunscoil Ghleann Cholm Cille. Tá tuilleadh sonraí le fáil ag: https://bit.ly/3igZyxj
#raphoediocese #Colmcille #colmcille1500
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#ReligiousServices | On Sunday 6th June, the Saint’s birth place in Gartan, Donegal will be celebrated in two special services.
Mass will be broadcast live on RTE One at 11.00am to celebrate both Corpus Christi and the 1500th anniversary, with celebrant Fr Michael McKeever joined by parishioners from St Colmcille’s Church, Glendowan.
A Church of Ireland Service of Holy Communion in St Columba's Church, Gartan in Church Hill at 12.30pm will celebrate the international heritage of Columba and can be viewed live at St Columba's Church, Church Hill, Gartan or later at www.youtube.com/channel/UCCunnIlJgF9K_Rcz0-Vm2-Q/

Dé Domhnaigh 6 Meitheamh 2021, déanfar ceiliúradh ar áit bhreithe an Naoimh, Gartán, Dún na nGall ag dhá sheirbhís speisialta. Craolfar Aifreann beo ar RTÉ a hAon ar 11.00am le ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar Corpus Christi agus ar an 1500Ú ceiliúradh, leis an cheiliúraí an tAth. Micheál Mac Íomhair agus lucht pharóiste Theach Pobail Cholm Cille, Gleann Domhain. Ag Seirbhís Chomaoineach Naofa in Eaglais Naomh Columba, Gartán, Mín an Lábáin de chuid Eaglais na hÉireann ar 12.30pm déanfar ceiliúradh ar oidhreacht idirnáisiúnta Cholm Cille agus is féidir sin a fheiceáil beo ag www.facebook.com/StColumbaGartan nó níos moille ag www.youtube.com/channel/UCCunnIlJgF9K_Rcz0-Vm2-Q/
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𝗦𝗹𝗶́ 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗺𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 | As part of the ACIS conference, a special programme ‘Slí Colmcille’ presented by Líonra Leitir Ceanainn in conjunction with Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny will premiere live tomorrow at 8pm on Líonra Leitir Ceanainn with music and poetry, history and storytelling from a host of wonderful guests across Ireland and Scotland.

#Colmcille1500 #Colmcille
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#ACIS2021 | 🔥 🕯️Get the fire (or a candle!) lit for the special Fireside Conversations running as part of American Conference for Irish Studies 2021. Featuring Brian Lacey, Susan McKay and Liam Campbell, the talks will focus on the themes of Heritage, Healing & Home.
◼️ Healing - Thurs 3rd June 9.15pm
◼️ Heritage Fri 4th June 8.45pm
◼️ Home: Sat 5th June 9.15pm
Access the videos live at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8fqndJ9HAhlM67_oiKO1Pg
#ACIS2021 #ACIS #irishstudies #Colmcille1500 #colmcille
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#Conference | The 2021 American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) will broadcast live from Ulster University , Magee Campus, 2nd -5th June 2021, where academics and historians from across the globe will bring Colmcille’s rich academic legacy to life. Some of the live sessions will be available at www.acis2021.com including a keynote address by 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗗. 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗶𝗻𝘀, 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗜𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 on Thursday 3rd June at 5pm as well as addresses by the Irish and UK ambassadors to the US on Saturday 5th June.

Cuirfear tús leis na himeachtaí ceiliúrtha le Comhdháil Mheiriceá don Léann Éireannach 2021 ar 2-5 Meitheamh 2021, a cheiliúrfar beo ó champas Mhig Aoidh Ollscoil Uladh, an áit a gcuirfidh lucht acadúil agus staraithe ó gach cearn den domhan beocht in oidhreacht shaibhir acadúil Cholm Cille. Beidh cuid de na seisiúin bheoshruthaithe ar fáil don phobal ag www.acis2021.com ina mbeidh eochairaitheasc a thabharfaidh Micheál D. Ó hUiginn, Uachtarán na hÉireann, Déardaoin 3 Meitheamh ar 5pm chomh maith le haithisc a thabharfaidh ambasadóir na hÉireann agus ambasadóir RA go SAM Dé Sathairn 5 Meitheamh.
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#PoetryWorkshop | 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗮: 𝗦𝘁. 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗮, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰 | 3rd June | 6.30pm-8pm | https://bit.ly/3yh9a0x

Whether he was spreading gospel amongst the Picts, or debating theology with the wider Christian community, Columba undeniably had a profound impact on 6th-century Scottish religion.
Historic Environment Scotland poet in residence Alex Aldred, invites you to engage in hagiographic writing - the chronicling of a holy man's life.

Register Now: https://bit.ly/3yh9a0x
#Colmcille1500 #Colmcille #Poetry
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#DigitalWorkshop | Pobal le Chéile - Colmcille - Digital Media Workshop | 5th & 12th June | http://www.pobail.org/cruinniu-na-nog-2021/
𝗔 𝗖𝗿𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘂́ 𝗻𝗮 𝗻𝗢́𝗴 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭
How do you fancy taking Colmcille's story out of the history books, and telling it yourself through a mobile app that you can carry around in your pocket, get your friends to download and share with your aunt in Australia?

The ‘Discovering Colmcille’ event is an interactive digital media workshop involving fact-finding, storytelling, digital design and ultimately the creation of an app, focusing on the main events of Colmcille’s life.

'Discovering Colmcille’ will take place over Zoom as two separate workshops - 5th & 12th June

Participants bring Colmcille’s story to life in their own words, captured and presented in a mobile app by cartoon versions of themselves.

Each participant will receive a download link to the finished app.

Register Now: http://www.pobail.org/cruinniu-na-nog-2021/
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#ColmcilleFeastDay | The 𝗙𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘁 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗺𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲/𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗮, is celebrated on 9th June, marking the day the Saint died in the year 597 in Iona, Scotland.

A number of events and celebrations will take place across the North West and further afield to mark the occasion.

💻Check out the list of events at: www.colmcille1500.com
#Colmcille1500 #colmcille #feastday
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Did you know❓

The Book of Kells is one of the most valuable artifacts of medieval European history and is on display all year round at Trinity College, Dublin @trinitycollegedublin.
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Dating back over 1200 years, the incredibly beautiful and majestic manuscript was produced by monks of Colmcille’s order in Iona, where he founded arguably his most famous monastery. 🕍

The beautiful images found in these pages have become recognisable staples of Irish history.

#colmcille1500 #colmcille #columba #saint #bookofkells #iona #trinitycollege
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#Exhibitionlaunch | Colmcille 1500 𝗘𝘅𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵 - 𝗠𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵 | 27th May | Tower Museum | Free
1500 years after the birth of Colmcille, we still celebrate his memory. But what do we actually know about Colmcille?
The exhibition will take people on journey of discovery around the world of Colmcille in Donegal and Derry and try to separate the man from the myth.
#Colmcile1500 #colmcille #towermuseum
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#poetryworkshop | Celebrating Columba: St. Columba, the Exile | Thurs 20th May | 6.30pm - 8pm | https://bit.ly/3yh9a0x

Online Poetry Workshops – with Alex Aldred, writer-in-residence with Historic Environment Scotland who will lead discussions and writing exercises exploring different perspectives on St. Columba's exile.
🖊 Participants will require something to write with - either pen and paper or a phone / computer will work fine.

https://bit.ly/3yh9a0x #colmcille #colmcille1500 #poetry
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INTERNATIONAL COLMCILLE COMPETITION 👣🌎🌍🌏
We want to find the farthest place from Colmcille’s birthplace that is named after the saint! This could be a school, church or any other place or feature named Colmcille or Columba.

PRIZE:
Arial drone photograph of Colmcille’s birthplace, Gartan Donegal.

TO ENTER:
Post your photos and tag us — @colmcille1500! Or send us your photos through messenger. *Must provide the location of your submission for a valid entry.

The competition will run for one month, starting today until June 12th, 2021. Please share to help our reach.

@govisitdonegal_

#colmcille1500 #colmcille #stcolmcille #stcolumba #columba #saint #competition
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Did you know❓

The legendary pagan king, Niall of the Nine Hostages, is said to be Colmcille’s great-great-grandfather. 👑

Niall is most famous for capturing a young St. Patrick in Wales and bringing him to the Emerald Isle. The rest, as they say, is history... ☘️

#colmcille1500 #colmcille #columba #saint #history #stpatrick
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🔔 An exhibition entitled “Colmcille: Man and Myths” will be launched Thursday, May 27th as part of the #Colmcille1500 celebrations. Save the date and join us!

As the author of Saint Columba: His Life and Legacy, Dr. Brian Lacey is an expert on all things Colmcille. The historian and archaeologist will be on hand at the virtual launch to help celebrate the beginning of this journey of discovery.

Come along to hear some legendary tales about one of Ireland’s most renowned saints.

@govisitdonegal_

#colmcille #columba #saint #history #irishhistory
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The #RoyalIrishAcademy has commissioned seven new works in the areas of visual arts, music, and literature as a part of their commemoration of the 1500th anniversary of Colmcille’s birth.

Be sure to review their website for more details! https://bit.ly/3sBJ7wT

#colmcille1500
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Incredible scenery, astounding beauty and remarkable landscapes. It can only be Donegal. 🌊

Ireland’s most northerly county is an important part in Colmcille’s story. The saint was born in Gartan, educated in Kilmacrennan and he also founded monasteries in Raphoe, Drumhome and Tory Island.

Colmcille is also said to have resided in Glencolmcille for two years – which is why the village carries his name.

Feel free to share your favourite images from this spectacular part of the world. 📸

Visit our website to find out more about Colmcille: https://bit.ly/3aa65EY

#colmcille1500 #colmcille #columba #saint #donegal #history #ireland #scenic
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Links to other useful Colmcille information sources.

Stories and illustrations of Colmcille’s life and legacy.

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