By Go Visit Donegal ~ Published on: 10 November 2021
The County Donegal Heritage Office has launched a free audio guide with information on heritage sites in County Donegal associated with St. Colmcille.
Image: Pictured at the launch of the free audio guide on ‘St. Colmcille’s Donegal’ are (from left to right): Rev. David Houlton, archaeologist Dr. Brian Lacey, Tommy Graham and historian Helen Meehan at the Abbey Arts Centre, B allyshannon on Sunday, November 7 as part of the Colmcille 1500 History Ireland Hedge School.
St. Colmcille, also known as St. Columba - the Latin form of his name - was born in Gartan in either 520 or 521 A.D. Colmcille is one of Ireland’s patron saints, a distinction he shares with St. Patrick and St. Brigid, and he is the patron saint of Derry.
This 57-minute audio guide provides an introduction to many heritage sites in County Donegal associated with St. Colmcille and explores aspects of his life and legacy. Heritage sites featured in audio guide include the Colmcille Heritage Centre, Gartan; Lacknacoo, Ráth Cnó, Templedouglas, Doon Well, Kilmacrennan, Ray Church, Tullaghobegley, Toraigh Island, St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Disert, Gleann Cholm Cille and Drumhome.
Most of these sites are archaeological monuments that are protected under the National Monuments Acts. The audio guide will help people to link the story of Colmcille with the surviving material culture.
The audio guide was researched and produced by Neil Jackman & Róisín Burke of Abarta Heritage, recorded in Bluebird Studios and narrated by Gerry O’Brien.
The audio guide was commissioned as part of the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan with funding from Donegal County Council and The Heritage Council as part of the Colmcille 1500 History Ireland Hedge School that was also part funded under the County Donegal Heritage Plan.
The free audio guide can be downloaded from the County Donegal Heritage Office website and is available as a podcast on a variety of platforms including Apple podcasts, Acast, Google podcasts, Spotify, Audible and SoundCloud.