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In Search of Colmcille

In Search of Colmcille

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The legacy of St Columba in Ireland and Scotland

Keypoints: This volume contains chapters – in English, Scots Gaelic and Irish Gaeilge – from two memorable conferences organised by the Islands Book Trust in Lewis and Donegal on the theme of Columba – his life and legacy.

Categories: History, Culture, Language, Religion, Architecture, Biography
Readership: General - this book will appeal to anyone who is interested in Saint Columba and his legacy.

Contents: St Columba is the best known of the early Christian saints who journeyed from Ireland to Scotland in and around the 6th century AD in search of personal fulfilment or to evangelise. He is believed to have been born at Gartan, Donegal, leaving Ireland in 563 to found a monastery on Iona, where he died in 597. Many legends surround his activities, particularly in Ulster, Iona, and the Hebrides. Indeed, a whole mythology has been developed over the centuries. Columba’s religious and cultural legacy is of great importance, and includes many churches dedicated to his name in both Ireland and Scotland.

About the author/s: Màire Herbert of University College Cork has been a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge and visiting professor at Harvard. Her interests include Irish literary and cultural history in the 11th and 12th centuries.  Donald Meek was born in Tiree and attended Oban High School, after which he studied at the universities of Cambridge and Glasgow before becoming Professor of Scottish and Gaelic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Published: 2015

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