‘to advance public education and raise awareness…. and encourage appreciation of the life and work of Columbanus and knowledge of his historical and cultural heritage.’

Journey of a Single Day VI


Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018

Commemorating the life and legacy of Columbanus



10.30AM – St Comgall’s Church Hall

Columbanus today – the development of the Columban Way in Ireland and Europe

Derry Healy (Friends of St Columbanus Republic of Ireland) and Kenneth Irvine (Friends of Columbanus Bangor) describe recent developments in the establishment of the Columban Way across Europe and particularly in Ireland.

12.00 noon – light lunch provided by ANDBC

1.30PM – Bangor Abbey

Revindicating Columbanus: The Agrestius Affair, Bobbio, and the Writing of the Life of Columbanus

Alexander O’Hara, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews, looks at the way the Bobbio community responded to an attack on Columbanus’s legacy in 626 by commissioning the writing of the Life of Columbanus.

7.30pm Bangor Abbey (doors open 7.00pm)

‘Journey of a Single Day VI’

Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden, an evening of County Down songs and Inverbeg (a group of exciting young local musicians) – Mike Donaghy, local music man and gifted teacher

Short selected readings from Jonas’s Life of Columbanus – Rosalind McNeice


7.00PM – First Bangor Presbyterian Church

A United Celebration

Several of Bangor’s Churches come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Columbanus

Speaker – Rev. Donald Watts – previously Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and former Minister, Ballyholme Presbyterian Church

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