GRANT AWARDS

These 18 projects have been awarded funding through the Colmcille 1500 Grant Scheme which was set up to to support community projects that contribute to the 1500th commemorations. The grants are administered by Donegal County Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council as part of the programme funded by the North West Development Fund.

SPECIAL CONCERT FOR COLMCILLE 1500
This project is a unique and highly participative concert which will facilitate groups and individuals across different generations, from different perspectives and different areas to come together, with well-known musicians and artists, to sing in celebration of Colmcille 1500. It will create joy, lift spirits and leave behind a legacy of two beautiful, specifically commissioned choral pieces. A film of the concert will be launched in Gartan on 9th June 2021.

By: Colmcille Gospel Choir

ON THE TRAIL OF COLMCILLE
On the Trail of Colmcille’ will include online literary events to mark the 1500th anniversary of Colmcille’s birth. Led by two award winning poets – Irish poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Scottish poet Charlie Gracie, these will include public workshops, poetry readings and webinar discussions. The events will draw strongly on the Irish / Scottish connection, focusing on Colmcille’s life before and after his move to Scotland as well as the impact of his work .The aim is to create a space for poetry, reflection and the exploration of cross-cultural perspectives of Colmcille.

By: Teach na nAmhrán / The Song House Ireland

‘GUTH COLMCILLE IN FANAD’
‘Guth Colmcille’ will explore the life of St. Colmcille in Fanad. An icon of St. Colmcille will be commissioned in the parish of Clondavaddog and placed in the oldest church dedicated to St. Colmcille in the Diocese of Raphoe. A brochure mapping all the key sites associated with Colmcille in Fanad will be published. This will direct people to an additional unspoken (‘Guth Colmcille’) chapter of the saint’s life; his time in Fanad. The brochure will be launched on 9th June, St Colmcille’s Feastday, at a special celebration event at S Colmcille’s Well, Carrowblagh and the new icon will be placed in the shrine at St Columba’s Church, Massmount as part of a closing event on 7th Dec 2021.
By: Clondavaddog Parish

INISHOWEN WALKING FESTIVAL
Inishowen Colmcille Walking Festival will generate awareness of the 1500th anniversary of the birth of Colmcille as well as celebrate his footprint in Inishowen. lt is a cross-dimensional celebration combining the outdoors and the treasures we find in its midst; rich in cultural history and heritage. The walks will be focused around specific places of interest such as St Columba’s Church Straid (the site of St Colmcilles knee prints) and Portcille (where Colmcille left from to go to Iona). The festival will include around 12 walks taking place from 10-12 September 2021 and online resources will be created for use by the community and visitors as a legacy of the event.
By: Explore Inishowen CLG

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION AT DISERT
Disert in South Donegal is an early medieval church site, graveyard and holy well dedicated to St Colmcille. An archaeological excavation is planned for the summer of 2021 during which community volunteers and archaeology students will work together to investigate the origins of Disert and its association with St Colmcille. Local events to share findings will follow in September 2021. Nationally and internationally, the knowledge gained from the excavation will feed into wider academic discussion on the nature of the early Church and the work of Colmcille.
By: Disert Heritage Group

COLMCILLE’S CHILDHOOD IN GARTAN
The project will create an original short experimental film as a new, refreshing and contemplative interpretation of the story of Saint Colmcille, the monk and powerful spiritual leader, told by a mother remembering her child at play. Showcasing the many historical sites at Gartan, it shows that though modern life goes on, Gartan retains its sense of quiet spirituality. The project will allow people from all over the world to experience the magical place where Colmcille was a boy.
By: Brenda Kelly

GLEANN CHOLM CILLE: AN ÁIT AGUS A NAOMH — A PROJECT TO DIGITIZE THE MINOR PLACENAMES OF GLEANN CHOLM CILLE

Gleann Cholm Cille has long been recognized as a key site in the Columban tradition, with its expansive pilgrimage route or Turas and a rich folkloric tradition associated with the saint. Colm Cille’s influence on the region and its community is inscribed on the landscape in a tapestry of placenames attesting the saint’s presence in the valley and his heritage in folklore and legend. This project will produce an interactive digital map showcasing the rich tapestry of minor placenames associated with the saint – such as field names, physical and man-made features. It will include a series of workshops with the local community to gather stories or history associated with these minor placenames.
By: Oideas Gael

MOBHI’S BELT
This project will provide a dramatic telling of an important yet little-known incident in Colmcille’s life that is extremely relevant in the context of this anniversary year – the effect of a pandemic in Colmcille’s monastic career. Hear the story of Mobhi’s Belt in a dramatic musical setting by Derry composer Seán Doherty and performed as a world premiere by the combined forces of Donegal Chamber Orchestra and choral groups including the Errigal Singers.
By: Donegal Chamber Music Society

COLMCILLE, MYTHS, LEGENDS AND TRUTHS
Colmcille, Myths, Legends and Truths, a short video exploring the Donegal landscape, pre-Christian rituals and the culture into which the saint was born and raised. Presented by Dr. Brian Lacey, one of Ireland’s leading authorities on Colmcille. Facts and folklore will be filmed at locations associated with the saint and his ancestors, encouraging communities to visit the various sites and to look at these locations with fresh eyes. It will provoke debate and bring a fresh impetus to the story of one of Ireland’s important saints whose influence is felt a millennium across Ireland, Scotland and further afield.
By: Beltaine Productions Ltd

IN-LUMINO
In-lumino in Latin means “to illuminate”. OurArt Arcadia joins the Colmcille 1500 celebrations with a commissioned outdoor permanent Light Art installation within the grounds of St Augustine’s Old Graveyard & Garden on the Columba Heritage Trail. It will provide an immersive visitor experience that will highlight the importance and legacy of Colmcille as a uniting and shared figure who crosses communities, generations and nations.
By: Art Arcadia

TRASNA NA DTONNTA
The project will incorporate original music, dance and story–telling in a an outdoor performance where pupils will be front and centre. The narrative will be an original story about Colmcille’s journey to, and times spent on, Toraigh island. With landscape as breathtaking as the surrounding Atlantic Ocean is ferocious, Toraigh has endured many challenges over a rich and turbulent history. Colmcille’s legacy there reflects a period of calm that has endured, and the yet standing bell-tower encapsulates this vibrant Columban heritage. Trasna na dTonnta is Colmcille’s Toraigh story.
By: Ardnashee School and College

COLMCILLE RETURNS
Colmcille Returns, a short film produced by Gasyard Wall Féile , depicts a fictional tale of Colmcille returning to the streets of Derry 1500 years after his birth to see how the area has changed and how his message can continue to be relevant in the 21st century. The project will take place in the Bogside, Bishop Street and Walled City areas of Derry, taking in locations areas where Colmcille is said to have founded a monastery in 545. Young people will be involved in the development and production of the film which will be premiered in August during Féile 2021.
By: Gasyard Wall Féile

CONNECTING WITH COLMCILLE IN SONG
The project aims to encourage arts participation by celebrating the birth of Colmcille through music. ‘Connecting with Colmcille in Song’ is an interdenominational evening of music bringing together local choirs in sacred song. It will be recorded between St Columb’s Cathedral and Longtower Chapel/Áras Cholmcille with a candle-lit procession connecting both churches. A concert performance will be showcased on 21st August 2021 as part of the annual ‘Every Voice Festival’.
By: Allegri

A NEW COMMISSION FOR COLMCILLE
A new commission for Colmcille, an exciting new piece of music for choir and cello inspired by the writings of Colmcille, will be performed in the historic surroundings of St Columba’s Church, Long Tower and St Columb’s Cathedral, as part of the City of Derry International Choir Festival in October 2021. The performance by Codetta and cellist Kim Vaughan will be premiered at the Big Sing festival presentation to 750 young singers throughout the island of Ireland. This commission will showcase the vibrancy of contemporary choral music and reflect Colmcille’s local and international legacy.
By: City of Derry International Choir Festival

‘IMAGINE HANGING OUT WITH A 1500 YEAR OLD’
Colmcille Returns, a short film produced by Gasyard Wall Féile , depicts a fictional tale of Colmcille returning to the streets of Derry 1500 years after his birth to see how the area has changed and how his message can continue to be relevant in the 21st century. The project will take place in the Bogside, Bishop Street and Walled City areas of Derry, taking in locations areas where Colmcille is said to have founded a monastery in 545. Young people will be involved in the development and production of the film which will be premiered in August during Féile 2021.
By: St. Augustine’s Church

COLMCILLE THE MAN
St Columb’s Park House will develop a virtual trail to explore Colmcille the Man and create curiosity around lessons for us today within the wider context of peacebuilding – linking to its role as a peace and reconciliation centre. A 360° self-guided virtual tour will focus on three sites within St Columb’s Park including the house, the statue of Columba and the remains of St Brecan’s church. It will create a digital legacy product and provide an opportunity to engage with the Columban story and legacy through new lenses.
By: St Columb’s Park House

Y.E.S PROJECT – YOUTH EDUCATION ON SAINTS PROJECT
The project aims to increase the awareness and impact of St Colmcille through shared learning opportunities and to promote cross-community engagement amongst young people, that will contribute to a shared and peaceful future. It will include groupwork and education visits to key locations connected to St Colmcille by 30 young people from across the North West. Participants will also create a garden piece to be placed in the Holywell Garden of Reflection in Derry.
By: REACH Across

COLUMBA YOUNG AMBASSADORS PROGRAMME
The project aims to increase the awareness and impact of St Colmcille through shared learning opportunities and to promote cross-community engagement amongst young people, that will contribute to a shared and peaceful future. It will include groupwork and education visits to key locations connected to St Colmcille by 30 young people from across the North West. Participants will also create a garden piece to be placed in the Holywell Garden of Reflection in Derry.
By: REACH Across