The Legacy of Columbanus and the Early Irish Monks

The Athlone Little Theatre on Wednesday, 20th January, at 8pm

– Talk by Fred Carney


Saint Columbanus: stained glass window from the crypt at Bobbio Abbey (Wikimedia Commons)

Summary – “Island of saints and scholars” – fact or fancy? Who were these Irish monks? Why are they often better known outside of Ireland? How did a pagan country on the edge of the known world develop its own brand of Christianity? How and why did they share it so extensively throughout Europe? How relevant is their message today?”

This lecture will concentrate on the life and work of Columbanus as November 2015 was the 1400th anniversary of his death in Bobbio. A postage stamp was issued by An Post in October 2015 to commemorate this event.

Speaker – Fred Carney is a tour Guide at Clonmacnoise. He is a co-founder of the Clonmacnoise Summer School in 2013 and principal organiser of the event in subsequent years. He was educated at Cistercian College, Roscrea and All Hallows College, Dublin.

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