You can see copies of press releases issued throughout Colmcille 1500 here including for Feast Day and Birthday celebrations. The Gallery section also includes links to Instagram posts.



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Did you attend any events, participate or follow the Colmcille 1500 programme in any way? We would love to get your feedback on your experience of the year. Click on the link above to tell us what you thought in terms of events, online content, marketing and legacy. The survey is related to any/all aspects of the wider Colmcille 1500 programme (i.e. organised across local, regional and national partners). It should take only a few minutes and all answers are anonymous.

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Did you know that 15th August was one of the traditional days to visit a St Colmcille Holy Well or is part of a traditional ‘Turas’ (journey or pilgrimage) period running from the saint’s Feast Day on 9th June?

In Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille), the ‘Turas Cholm Cille’ is performed between 9th June and 15th August each year and is 4.8km long, taking about three hours to complete. Pilgrims visit 15 stations and perform specific prayers and rituals at each. You can take a virtual tour of the Turas at and see 3D models of the stations/ancient monuments at

Image credit: Oideas Gael

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Did you know that Glebe House, located near Colmcille’s birthplace, was originally known as St Columb’s? It was built in 1828 as the rectory to St Columba’s (Church of Ireland), Churchill, in the Parish of Gartan. It was later sold and opened as St Columb’s Hotel in 1898, running as a hotel until the 1950s when it was bought by landscape and portrait painter Derek Hill. In 1981, Hill donated St Columb’s, and his private art collection there to the Irish state and his former studio was converted to a gallery. Tours of the house are available and you can see an eclectic mix of works on display ranging from Pablo Picasso to Edgar Degas as well as Irish artists James Dixon, Jack Butler Yeats and Louis le Brocquy. You can find further information at

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Monday 27th June 2022 at 2.30pm | Colmcille Heritage Centre, Gartan, County Donegal

An informal event to mark the end of the Colmcille 1500 programme being jointly delivered by Donegal County Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council is being held in Colmcille’s birthplace on 27th June. We will launch a short souvenir publication and Dr. Brian Lacey will join us to share some reflections of the past year as a very fitting wrapping up of the programme. Places are limited so booking is essential. If you are interesting in attending please RSVP by Wednesday 22nd June by emailing

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Donegal Heritage Office has produced a colouring book as part of the Colmcille 1500 commemorations which highlights some of the heritage sites, places, objects and archives associated with St. Colmcille’s life and legacy.

For the Feast Day, free copies are being made available from local libraries. You can also pick up a copy from the Donegal County Museum, County Donegal Heritage Office or download a digital version at

Copies have also been distributed to all 23 primary schools named after the Saint across the two Council areas.

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Happy St. Colmcille/Columba Feast Day! A reminder that you find further details of plans to mark the Feast Day across the North West region at

First up this morning, a special mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny, celebrated by the Bishop of Raphoe, will be broadcast on the RTÉ News Channel at 10.30am. Whilst this evening, the Bishop of Derry will mark the Feast Day with mass at St. Columba’s Church, Long Tower, at 7.30pm followed by a blessing of St. Columb’s Well in Derry. A special ‘An Turas’ pageant will follow.

Meanwhile, St Augustine’s Church wil celebrate 150 years since it was consecrated on 9th June 1872 with a special Feast Day performance by Opera Hibernia at 7.30pm

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An tIarthuaisceart le ceilúradh a dhéanamh ar Lá Fhéile Colm Cille agus deireadh ag teacht le himeachtaí ceilúrtha 1500 bliain

Tá pleananna á ndéanamh le ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar Lá Fhéile Colm Cille le sraith imeachtaí ar siúl ar fud an Iarthuaiscirt Déardaoin 09 Meitheamh.

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See below for details of events taking place for the Feast Day in Gleann Cholm Cille:
• Turas Colmcille Meán Oíche (Wednesday midnight) Meeting at Church of Ireland, Glencolmcille
• Aifreann as Gaeilge 10 i.n., Teach Phobal Naomh Columba, An Chaiseal, Gleann Cholm Cille. Mass in Irish at St. Columba's Catholic Church, Glencolmcille
• Turas Colmcille 12 noon, Community Led group to do the Turas Colmcille, Glencolmcille. Meeting at St. Columba's Church of Ireland, Glencolmcille.
• An information stand with tea/coffee/refreshments will be at St. Columba's Church of Ireland, Glencolmcille from 11am-4pm.

(083)025 0509

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An Turas- The Journey: A Celebration of Colmcille
📆 Thursday 9th June 2022 approximately 8.30pm
📍 St. Columb’s Well, Derry

The evening will explore Colmcille’s life and legacy. Featuring dance, theatrical poetry readings, installations and the finest of local traditional musicians, this is an experience not to be missed.

🌐More info:

𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐭. 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐚'𝐬 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲
📆 Sunday 5th June 3pm-4pm
📍 St Colmcille's Abbey, Churchtown/Rath Cnó, Gartan, Co. Donegal

The Church of Ireland, Diocese of Derry & Raphoe, are holding a special event at St. Colmcille's Abbey in Gartan, County Donegal, to mark the Feast Day.

Bishop Andrew Forster (Bishop of Derry and Raphoe) will be speaking at the event at 3.00pm which will include music, prayers as well as children's activities.
Refreshments available afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

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