FOCB Meeting

The next meeting of FOCB will take place at 7.30pm, Tuesday 26th September at First Bangor Presbyterian Church Halls. The advance agenda is: Chairman’s welcome and apologies Minutes Membership arrangements (Secretary) Treasurer’s report (Treasurer) Christian Heritage Working Group (Secretary and Treasurer) Chairman’s report Arrangements for the Columbanus Commemoration Weekend (25/26thNovember) Presentation on the Turas Columbanus  Any…

Columbanus; from Leinster to Bobbio

Born around 540 CE, Columbanus was one of the most influential spiritual and cultural figures of the early Middle Ages and one whose legacy has lived on since. As recently as 28 August 2015 his influence has been recognised by none other than Pope Francis who called him the “Father of Europe”. Not only did…

COLUMBANUS POP-UP EXHIBITION

Friends of Columbanus pop-up exhibition tells the story of Bangor and its saints in six panels. The exhibition can be seen at local libraries on the following dates: 28th Sept. – 10th Oct. Newtownards Library 12th Oct. – 24th Oct. Holywood Library 26th Oct. – 7th Nov. Bangor Library 9th Nov. – 18th Nov. Donaghadee…

COLUMBANUS 1400 FESTIVAL

Bangor’s commemoration of the 1400th anniversary of the death of Columbanus will come to a climax over the weekend 20th to 22nd November when the Columbanus 1400 Festival will be held in the town. The festival opens with the now-traditional Journey of a Single Day concert in Bangor Abbey on the evening of Friday 20th….

From Bangor to Bobbio (Saint Columbanus)

Friends of Columbanus Bangor Secretary, Brian Wilson & his wife Anne have just completed the journey from Bangor to Bobbio travelled by Columbanus more than 1400 years ago. They went by Interrail taking 41 trains and completed the journey in 15 days compared to over 20 years taken by Columbanus. They record the main places visited by Columbanus and where he established monasteries. St Columb, Luxeuil, Bregenz, St Gallen, Milan, & Bobbio.

Friends of Columbanus Fun Run/Walk

The Friends of Columbanus Bangor have announced their 5k Fun Run/Walk to take place on Friday 21st August at 7:00pm. The aim of the fun run is to encourage families and runners to take part in an event organised to commemorate the 1400th anniversary of Columbanus’ death. The event will take place in Castle Park…

Cleenish Island Trip Report

On 4th July, 7 FOCB members – David & Ellie Duly, Maire Foley, James O’Fee, Jim Wallace, Rosalind Nevin and Stella Robinson – made the day-trip to Cleenish island, near Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Our aim was to explore the learned Sinell’s historic monastic settlement, where Columbanus studied for some years as a young man. Only…

Friends of Columbanus Bangor: Official Website Launch

The Friends of Columbanus Bangor website was launched on Wednesday 20th May at a ceremony in the North Down Museum Christian Heritage Gallery of the North Down Museum. Surrounded by pictures of Bangor’s saints the Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Alan Graham, switched on the site. The ceremony was attended by representatives of…