Best Foot Forward – Slí Cholmcille 2021

There is an long-term campaign to grow Slí Cholmcille in Donegal and Derry as a long-distance walk after the pattern of the Camino de Santiago de Compostella between France and Spain. The Slí has a great deal to offer. There are many places in Donegal from Gleann Cholmcille to Tory and Gartan which have strong […]

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

Between his religious work, his political influence, and his intellectual endeavors, it's no surprise that tales and traditions concerning Columba's life still abound in Scotland today. But how much of the legend of St. Columba is really true - and how much does that truth matter? Historic Environment Scotland’s poet in residence Alex Aldred invites […]

Dìleab Naoimh Chaluim Chille – the heritage of St Columba

St Adhamhnán’s Vita Columbae (Life of Columba) is not just a life of the saint; it is also a spiritual book which can direct our path. Fr Crichton, a Gaelic scholar, looks at the lessons for today we can take from the Vita Columbae. Fr Crichton lives in Eirisgeidh and is parish priest there and […]

Earagail Arts Festival ‘Cosán Choilm Cille’ 23rd July

Earagail Arts Festival is a multidisiplinary summer festival which traditionally takes place in July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland. As part of this year's festival is 'Cosan Choilm Cille - Art and Poetry Walk' - a production by 'The New Age Bards' under the stewardship of […]

Immrama – Columba’s Journey, Your Story

St Columba's by the Castle Episcopal Church 14 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland

Immrama were ancient 'voyage tales'– allegories of our journey through life. In the year 563CE, thirteen Irish monks travelled in a small boat to Scotland. Their leader, Columba, or Colmcille, became a great Celtic saint, who still inspires people today. This exhibition combines ancient stories, contemporary art, and reflective questions to explore resonances between Columba […]

Meitheal Cholmcille

Inis Bó Finne

Islander artist Cathal Mc Ginley will curate an art project on Inisdooey as part of the 'Colmcille 1500' celebrations this year. The theme of the project will be influenced by local folklore and the connection of Saint Colmcille and Saint Dubhthach to the local islands. Cathal will be joined on the 30th July by the children of […]

National Heritage Week ‘Colmcille 1500’

Donegal County Council

A series of nine on-line ‘Colmcille 1500’ lectures organised by Donegal Library Service with guest speakers Dr. Brian Lacey, Christy Gillespie, Donal Mac Polin, Tim Stampton, Paula de Fougerolles and Joe Brennan. These lectures are free of charge and will be streamed online on the Donegal County Council YouTube channel:

Columcille in Context


Columcille in Context: Theologians and Historians in Conversation to Commemorate the 15th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Columba of Iona (521/ 2021) With Meredith Cutrer - Michael Biggs Scholar, DPhil Candidate, Oxford University St Columba and the Fathers St Columba's life and memory, as recorded and perpetuated by his monastic familia, consciously placed him […]