PAST EVENTS

These are events or activities that have taken place or been released for the 1500th anniversary where content or recordings are still available online to view.

April 2021 | The Churches Trust 
COLUMBA HERITAGE ARTWORK TOUR
Launch of film about the artist’s interpretation of the Columba Heritage Trail in Derry/Londonderry.

 

May 2021 | The Tower Museum & Donegal County Museum
LAUNCH OF EXHIBITION ‘COLMCILLE: MAN AND MYTH’
Renowned historian Brian Lacey officially launches the Colmcille: Man and Myths Exhibition with this short video introducing the famous Saint and his legacy.

 

June 2021 | University of Ulster Magee
2021 AMERICAN CONFERENCE OF IRISH STUDIES
International virtual conference focusing on themes of Heritage, Healing and Home and featuring key note speech by President D Higgins

 

June 2021 | Líonra Leitir Ceanainn & Regional Cultural Centre
SLÍ CHOLMCILLE – DÚCHAS AGUS OIDHREACHT- LÍONRA LEITIR CEANAINN IN ÉINEACHT LEIS AN IONAD CULTÚRTHA RÉIGIÚNACH
A short film of music, poetry, history and storytelling presented in Irish and Scots Gaelic with English subtitles.

 

June 2021 | Gartan Colmcille’s 1500th Anniversary Committee
FEAST DAY CELEBRATIONS IN GARTAN 
A video recording of interdenominational gathering in Gartan to mark the Feast Day including unveiling of a commemorative stone.

 

June 2021 | Diocese of Raphoe Supported by LYIT & Donegal ETB 
COLMCILLE: A LASTING LEGACY (VIRTUAL SERIES PART 1 – ORIGINS)
A virtual series in three parts including contributions from religious leaders, historians, scholars, schools as well as music and poetry. Part 1: Origins (the origins of monasticism and the early life of Colmcille).

 

June 2021 | Diocese of Raphoe Supported by LYIT & Donegal ETB 
COLMCILLE: A LASTING LEGACY (VIRTUAL SERIES PART 2 – SPREADING THE WORD)* VIDEO UNAVAILABLE
A virtual series in three parts including contributions from religious leaders, historians, scholars, schools as well as music and poetry. Part 2: Spreading the Word (the influence of Colmcille in Ireland , Scotland and beyond).

 

June 2021 | Diocese of Raphoe Supported by LYIT & Donegal ETB
COLMCILLE: A LASTING LEGACY (VIRTUAL SERIES PART 1 – KEEPING THE WORD ALIVE)
A virtual series in three parts including contributions from religious leaders, historians, scholars, schools as well as music and poetry. Part 3: Keeping the Word Alive (Colmcille’s legacy).

 

June 2021 | St Augustine’s Church
COLUMBA PAGEANT: – “COLUMBA: A TRIPTYCH”
A narrated production of the pageant which in three parts tells the stories of his mother’s dream, the battle his kinsmen began on his behalf and his eventual remorse. With soundtrack from the original pageant and music by Ardmore Folk.

 

June 2021 | Colmcille Gospel Choir
ALONE WITH NONE BUT THEE’
A music tribute to St Colmcille in his own words by Margaret McAteer and the Colmcille Gospel Choir. Featuring  guest singers including Moya Brennan from Clannad along with other choirs, performers and Glencolmcille Primary School.

 

June 2021 | Donegal Library Service
COLMCILLE BIBLIOGRAPHY
To commemorate Colmcille 1500,  this is a bibliography of books on Colmcille/Columba that are available in the Donegal Studies Collection

 

June 2021 | St Columb’s Park House
‘COLMCILLE THE MAN’ VIRTUAL TOUR OF ST COLUMB’S PARK
A 360° self-guided virtual tour of sites within St Columb’s Park in Derry including the house, statue and remains of St Brecan’s church.

 

June 2021 | Brid Carr Music
SUANTRAÍ MÁTHAIR GHARTÁN
A recording of Suantraí Máthair Ghartán ‘Gartan Mother’s Lullaby’ by Brí Carr Music  filmed on location in Gartan, to celebrate the Colmcille 1500 anniversary and Feast Day. 

 

June 2021 | Clondadavog Parish
GUTH COLMCILLE’ – THE VOICE OF ST COLMCILLE IN THE PARISH OF CLONDADAVOG FANAD

A brochure launched at a special Feast Day celebration at St Colmcille’s Well, Carrowblagh  which maps all the key sites associated with Colmcille in Fanad.

 

June 2021 | The Churches Trust
COLUMBA  SCHOOLS  PROJECT – PHOTO BOOK LAUNCH

A short film to showcase the completion of a St Columba story book by pupils in three primary schools in Derry – Fountain, Nazareth House and Long Tower.

 

June 2021 | Gartan National School
CRUINNIÚ NA NÓG – COLMCILLE, CHILD OF GARTAN
A recording from the pupils of the primary school who share their experience of life in Colmcille’s birthplace through art, drama and music.

 

June 2021 | Airneál Óige Ghleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille Youth Arcade)
CRUINNIÚ NA NÓG – GLEANN CHOLM CILLE 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.

 

July 2021 | St Augustine’s Church
COLUMBA: A TALE FROM BAD TO GOOD
A fun and contemporary take on the life of St Colmcille, produced by Kieran Griffiths of the Playhouse, the video takes a ‘horrible histories style’ look at Columba’s story. 

 

Aug 2021 | The Tower Museum
COLMCILLE ARTS AND CRAFTS WITH SINEAD CRUMLISH
Get crafty on this follow along video event with artist Sinead Crumlish as she guides you through making some objects inspired by Colcmille myths ‘Monster from the Lough’ and ‘Colmcille Fights a Demon’. Part of the Colmcille Man & Myths Exhibition Programme in partnership with Donegal County Museum.

 

Aug 2021 | The Tower Museum
COLMCILLE FOLKTALES & MYTHS WITH JOE BRENNAN

Join renowned storyteller Joe Brennan as he shares some of his favourite stories of St. Colmcille. Part of the Colmcille Man & Myths Exhibition Programme in partnership with Donegal County Museum.

 

Aug 2021 | The Tower Museum

ONLINE  MEDIEVAL INK WORKSHOP WITH LYNDSEY MCDOUGALL

Experiment with drawings and text using natural pigments collected from the landscape. Part of the Colmcille Man & Myths Exhibition Programme in partnership with Donegal County Museum.

 

Aug 2021 | The Tower Museum
ONLINE  HAND EMBROIDERY  WORKSHOP WITH LYNDSEY MCDOUGALL

Explore easy to intermediate hand embroidery stitches, as a foundation to create your own embroidered artwork. Part of the Colmcille Man & Myths Exhibition Programme in partnership with Donegal County Museum.

 

All of above 4 Tower Museum now available under Tower Museum current exhibitions on their website.

 

Aug 2021 | Disert Heritage Group & Sligo IT

DISERT DIG 2021 – THE FIRST RESULTS’ *video unavailable

A short video to bring to life some initial findings from an archaeological excavation in Disert, a location associated with Colmcille and the early Church.

 

Aug 2021 | Donegal Library Service

COLMCILLE BOOKS AND BEYOND: DONAL MAC POLIN “THE IONA CURRACH”

Donal explores Colmcille’s journey from Ireland to Iona and the  project that became the Iona Currach. Find out about the history and heritage of the currach from earliest days and its impact on the life and journeys of Colmcille.

 

Aug 2021 | Donegal Library Service
COLMCILLE BOOKS AND BEYOND: TIM STAMPTON “THE MALEDICTIONS OF COLMCILLE”

Artist Tim Stampton talks about the figure that inspired his series of illustrations “The Maledictions of Colmcille” and the tales that surround this short-tempered saint. 

 

Aug 2021 | Donegal Library Service
COLMCILLE BOOKS AND BEYOND: BRIAN LACEY “THE THREE WRITTEN LIVES OF ST COLMCILLE/COLUMBA”
Renowned historian Dr Brian Lacey looks at the literary heritage of Colmcille and challenges some of our preconceived idea – this lecture focuses on the three main books written about the Saint.

 

Aug 2021 | Donegal Library Service
COLMCILLE BOOKS AND BEYOND: PAULA DE FOUGEROLLES “THE MAGIC IN HIS WORD: THE LITERARY HERITAGE OF ST COLMCILLE”
Canadian author of The Chronicles of Iona, talks about the Saint’s literary heritage and inspiration for her series of books about St. Columba and Scottish warrior Aedan mac Gabran, who together lay the foundation of the nation of Scotland. 

 

Aug 2021 | Donegal Library Service
COLMCILLE BOOKS AND BEYOND: CHRISTY GILLESPIE “IN COLMCILLE’S FOOTSTEPS”
Local historian Christy Gillespie, who published a book on St. Colmcille in 1997 to coincide with the 1400th anniversary of his death, explores the Saint’s birth and early life in Donegal.

 

Aug 2021 | Donegal Library Service
COLMCILLE BOOKS AND BEYOND: BRIAN LACEY “THE BOOK OF KELLS AND OTHER COLUMBAN MANUSCRIPTS”

Renowned historian Dr Brian Lacey looks at the literary heritage of Colmcille and challenges some of our preconceived idea – this lecture focuses on Columban manuscripts.

 

Aug 2021 | Donegal Library Service

COLMCILLE BOOKS AND BEYOND: CHRISTY GILLESPIE “TWELVE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT COLMCILLE”

Local historian Christy Gillespie, who published a book on St. Colmcille in 1997 to coincide with the 1400th anniversary of his death, here explores  12 things we may not know about the Saint.

 

Aug 2021 | Donegal Library Service

COLMCILLE BOOKS AND BEYOND: BRIAN LACEY “COLMCILLE AND THE COPYRIGHT STORY – FACT OR FICTION?”

Renowned historian Dr Brian Lacey looks at the literary heritage of Colmcille and challenges some of our preconceived idea – this lecture focuses on the copyright story – fact or fiction?”

 

Aug 2021 | Donegal Library Service

COLMCILLE BOOKS AND BEYOND: JOE BRENNAN “COLMCILLE THE LEGEND – STORIES”

Renowned author and storyteller Joe Brennan brings to life, through storytelling, the folklore and legends that have grown around the figure of Colmcille.

 

Aug 2021 | Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter

THE INFLUENCE OF COLMCILLE ON AN TUR GLOINE MOVEMENT *no link provided/TBC
A lecture by Dr David Caron on An Túr Gloine (Tower of Glass) stained glass in St Eunan’s Cathedral Letterkenny where the famous north transept window celebrates the life of St Colmcille.

 

Aug 2021 | Allegri Choir
CONNECTING WITH COLMCILLE IN SONG

An online concert as part of the Every Voice Festival bringing together local choirs in sacred song in St Columb’s Cathedral and St Columba’s Church Long Tower in Derry.

 

Sept 2021 | Brenda Kelly

COLMCILLE – BOY OF GARTAN
A short contemplative film as an interpretation of Saint Colmcille as a child at play. Showcasing historical sites around his birth place in Gartan, the piece shows that though modern life goes on, Gartan retains its sense of quiet spirituality.

 

May 2021 | Sligo Colmcille 1500/ Blue Raincoat Theatre
THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS – THE STORY OF ST COLMCILLE AND SLIGO
A short film telling the legend of Colmcille’s copying of a psalter belonging to St. Finnian, and the battle at Cúl Dreimhne (Cooldrumman), County Sligo in 560AD that followed.

 

June 2021 | Sligo County Library
COLMCILLE, THE CATHACH AND CÚL DREIMNE
An online lecture by Dr Brian Lacey comparing ‘history’ with legend of the Cathach and the Battle of Cúl Dreimne in County Sligo.

 

June 2021 | Glór Dhún Geimhin supported by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Museum Services
STRINGS OF HEAVEN HARP & VOCAL COMPOSITION & VIDEO 
Strings of Heaven, composed by harper Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh, to celebrate Colmcille 1500, with vocal soloist Aoife Nig Uiginn of Scoil Ruaidhrí Dall and local harp schools.

 

June 2021 | Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society
ST COLUMBA – FOUNDER OF DURROW: WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT HIM? 
A Feast Day lecture by Dr Brian Lacey on what we really know about Columba, founder of the monastery in Durrow, County Offaly.

 

June 2021 | Colmcille 1500 Kells
“ST. COLMCILLE’S WELL KELLS : A CELEBRATION IN MUSIC AND SPOKEN WORD”
A musical interlude on the eve of St.Colmcille’s Feast Day,to remember Colmcille at the site where his monks drew fresh water for the Kells monastery.

 

June 2021 | Historic Environment Scotland
CELEBRATING COLUMBA 
A poetry project to celebrate Columba as the ‘Patron Saint of Poetry ‘- mapping his time in Scotland, the places that he touched, alongside the poetry they have inspired.

 

June 2021 | Wild Goose Publications (publishing house of the Iona Community)
THE ORATORY OF LIGHT: POEMS IN THE SPIRIT OF ST COLUMBA
A short ‘poetry video’ for the book of poems by James Harpur with illustrations by Paul Ó Colmáin. James mingles poetic imagination with the spirit of Columba and the landscape of Iona. The second poem ‘Columba’s Exile’ includes the Saint’s reflections on leaving behind Donegal and Derry.

 

June 2021 | Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin/ Trinity Long Room Hub
‘COLUMCILLE IN CONTEXT: THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS IN CONVERSATION’ LECTURE 1 (9 JUNE 2021)
Lecture 1 – The Interaction of History and Memory in Creating the Festival of Columba with Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology, Thomas O’Loughlin, University of Nottingham.

 

June 2021 | Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin/ Trinity Long Room Hub
‘COLUMCILLE IN CONTEXT: THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS IN CONVERSATION’ LECTURE 1 (29 JUNE 2021)
Lecture 2 – Peregrinatio in the Careers of Columcille and his Monastic Family with Honorary Professor Jonathan Wooding, Medieval and Early Modern Centre, University of Sydney.

 

June 2021 | SonLight Band
LORD OF MY LIFE
A composition by the ‘SonLight’ band in Cookstown, County Tyrone based on the words of a prayer by Saint Colmcille.

 

August 2021 | Janet Harbison Irish Harp Fingal Arts Office
SORD CHOLMCILLE: A SUITE FOR IRISH HARP, SOPRANO AND RECITEUR
A new composition for Irish harp, soprano and reciteur to mark the 1500th anniversary, performed at Swords Castle, supported by Fingal Arts Office funding.

 

September 2021 | Colmcille 1500 Kells/ Co Club
CULTURE NIGHT – 2 VIDEOS – GAMBOL & THE WHITE HORSE
Two videos produced by the Co Club as a contemporary artistic response (dance and poetry) to the life and legacy of Colm Cille, funded by Meath Arts Office and premièred on Culture Night 2021.

Mar 2021 | Royal Irish Academy
AN CATHACH
An online exhibition of the history and stories associated with the 6th century Columban manuscript ‘An Cathach’ and interactive map of places associated with it.

 

June 2021 | Colmcille 1500 Kells
REPLICATING THE CROSSES OF KELLS* BROKEN LINK
An online exhibition of the high crosses of Kells following their journey from medieval religious monuments to objects of folkloric and antiquarian interest. Includes 3D models, audio and video clips.