American Conference for Irish Studies – Heritage, Healing and Home

Ulster University - Magee Campus Northland Road, Derry

In a land feted for its saints and scholars, this year the city will commemorate fifteen hundred years since the birth of Colmcille (Saint Columba), broadly recognised as one of the most important evangelists in the early European Christian church and also a key personality in the scholastic heritage of Ireland and Scotland.

Historic Environment Scotland: Celebrating Columba, St. Columba the Cleric

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. In this workshop, poet in residence for Historic Environment Scotland Alex Aldred invites you to engage in hagiographic writing - the chronicling of a holy man's life.

Colmcille: a Lasting Legacy – Three-part online event

Raphoe Colmcille 1500 presents ‘Colmcille: A Lasting Legacy’, a virtual series on the life and legacy of Colmcille/ Columba. The series will be streamed in three parts via YouTube on the 6, 7, 8 June 2021 at 8pm. Contributors include: Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ Rev. David Houlton (Rector of Gartan) Local historians Christy Gillespie and Seosamh […]

St. Colmcille’s Well, Kells : A Celebration in Music and Spoken Word

On the eve of St.Colmcille’s Feast Day, join us for a musical interlude as we remember Colmcille at the very site where his monks drew fresh water for the Kells monastery. This holy well was a source of life, a location for baptisms and a pilgrimage site for hundreds of years. On June 8th, in […]

Historic Scotland: St Columba: life and legacy


Join Glaikit Carnyx for an exploration of the legacy of Saint Columba, exploring the stories, songs and traditions that surround him. Glaikit Carnyx are a Scottish cultural outreach team offering a variety of events and workshops on Scottish history, languages, literature and folklore. Colmcille 1500 celebrates the life and legacy of StColumba, 1500 years from […]

Trinity College Dublin: Colomb cille caindlech: The Interaction of History and Memory in Creating the Festival of Columba


Columcille in Context: Theologians and Historians in Conversation to Commemorate the 15th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Columba of Iona Professor Thomas O’Loughlin Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology, University of Nottingham Colomb cille caindlech: The Interaction of History and Memory in Creating the Festival of Columba The feast-day, dies natalis, of any saint is […]

Colmcille1500 Kells Illuminations

Colmcille1500 Kells brings Columban monuments to new life by the innovation of projected imagery commissioned especially for this anniversary year. This collection of contemporary illuminations narrates 6 stories of Colmcille and his followers in vibrant colour. The collection highlights multiple historic and contemporary sites creating a vibrant world of colour, evoking the Book of Kells. […]

Historic Environment Scotland: Celebrating Columba – St. Columba, the Diplomat

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. In this workshop, Historic Environment Scotland’s poet in residence Alex Aldred will engage with depictions of St. Columba as messenger, both of his people […]