Local History by Seán Beattie


Feast of Colmcille

Happy Feast of Colmcille Day! To mark the occasion, I was invited to read a short piece on the saint on RTÉ’s Edgeways series this morning, as part of the ‘Rising Time’ early morning show.

The image featured here is the cross slab at Port Cille, Shrove, Inishowen Peninsula, where Colmcille stopped off having sailed down Lough Foyle for the last time on his way to Iona. He came ashore to climb the hill hoping to get one last view of his beloved Doire (Derry) before going in to exile.

There is a small pilgrimage here annually on the 15th of August at the monument above Port Cille on the Inishowen Head/Shrove Loop walk. I attended recently and about 20 people turned up to recite the rosary with two local priests from the parish.

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