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Colmcille 1500 Exhibition - Man and Myth

Colmcille 1500 Exhibition - Man and Myth

Deirdre Harte
Derry City & Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council


Donegal County Museum and Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Heritage and Museum Service have developed an exhibition on the theme of Colmcille entitled “Colmcille: Man and Myths”.

Colmcille is one of the most important figures in early Christianity. 1500 years after his birth we still celebrate his memory in pilgrimages, stories, poetry, music and books. But what do we actually know about Colmcille? This exhibition will take people on journey of discovery around the world of Colmcille in Donegal and Derry and will try to separate the man from the myth.

The exhibition contains text, images, and digital material to guide the visitor through the story of Colmcille. It also features some family friendly elements so that visitors both young and old can explore the myths associated with the saint.


Event Details

  • Thursday 19th August 2021 at 10.00am
  • The exhibition will be at the Tower Museum in Derry until 5th September 2021 and will then move to the Donegal County Museum until February 2022. Colmcille Medieval Ink & Hand Embroidery Workshop with Lyndsey McDougall During Heritage Week, Join Lyndsey for some wonderful sessions on using medieval ink and hand embroidery as part of a series of workshops running alongside the Colmcille exhibition. Medieval Ink Workshop – experiment with drawings and text using natural pigments collected from the landscape. Medieval Hand Embroidery Workshop – explore easy to intermediate hand embroidery stitches, setting the foundation for your to create your own embroidered artwork. You can join the workshop via the Tower Museum’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/towermuseum

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Further Information

  • Deirdre Harte, Derry City & Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council