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From Down to Argyll: Shared saints in the Early Middle Ages

November 3, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0

Foras na Gaeilge and Belfast City Council invite you to a talk by Dr Elva Johnston, the School of History UCD, on shared saints of Ireland and Scotland, and to a following panel discussion:

From Down to Argyll: Shared saints in the Early Middle Ages

From the dawn of history, east Ulster and western Scotland have shared powerful connections. This talk will explore how the veneration of saints, including Colum Cille of Iona, Mo Luag of the Hebridean Isle of Lismore and Finnian of Moville, strengthened these links. Churches such as Bangor in Co. Down, and Applecross in the Highlands were also influential. The role of travel and communication across the North Channel was formative and is echoed to this day in interlaced landscapes of saints and their stories. Elva Johnston

Prof. Regina Ní Chollatáin, Chair of Foras na Gaeilge, will chair the lecture and the following panel discussion. This is a bilingual event in Irish and English, and the lecture will be in English. Linda Ervine, Turas, East Belfast Mission, agus Leanne Briggs, North Down Museum will take part in the panel discussion along with poet Meg Bateman from the Gaelic College in Skye, and hisoirian Aonghus MacCoinnich pf Ness in the Isle of Lewis and Glasgow University.

Time: 7 p.m. Date: 3 November 2021

This is an online event, please follow this link to register:

This event is part of Colmcille 1500, a commemoration of 1500 years since the birth of Saint Colm Cille. More information about this commemoration can be found at Colmcille 1500.


November 3, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0