Great documentary about Columbanus, which marks the 1400th anniversary of his death, presented by former President Mary McAleese. Nice to hear Myshall being mentioned as his birthplace.
This is a wonderfully illustrated children’s book about Columbanus written and illustrated by my good friend Giovanni Caselli.
Wonderful illustrations from an expert on the influence of Irish saints in Europe.
Follow the link to the route maps!
I have spent a lot of time thinking about the Camino in Spain and about the beauty in our own County that is not recognised for what it is.
So I have mapped my own Carlow Camino. It is intended as a pilgrimage route – it visits many important ecclesiastical sites and honours our local saints who travelled to Europe and established famous monasteries across the continent.
I have cycled all of it and it is very achievable for anyone. The maps are designed with walkers in mind in 8 stages; cyclists of course will cover them much faster.
A large portion of it is off road – I wanted to enjoy nature and travel on traffic free paths. The roads I have used are mostly very very minor roads and all pleasant to walk or cycle.
I hope people will try it out – I know I will be doing it on fine summer days!
Weltenburg Abbey was founded by the Monks of Columbanus. They have been using the same recipe to brew their famous beer since the year 1050!
By coincidence I met with Sabine McGrath, a native of the area who on hearing of the visit of the Bell to Carlow, where she now lives, made the instant connection and united the Beer and the Bell!
Probably the best Abbey Beer in the World.
This year is the 1400th Anniversary of the death of St Columbanus. A bell cast in Italy to mark the anniversary is coming to Ireland and will be carried along the ‘ Turas Columbanus – The Columban Way . The bell was scheduled to arrive in Cork from Savona in Italy on a ship called ‘Great Europe’ on 14th March 2015 and will make its way to Bangor. Organizers wish to set up a schedule to transport by car (or even a bit of walking!) over March/April to bring it to the significant locations on Turas Columbanus and leave it there for the recipients to arrange celebrations of their own choosing. Other groups may wish to be included in the schedule.
According to the official brochure
“Manu will be in Cork to receive the bell and it is proposed that the Knights play a significant roll in the journey. We wish to set up a schedule to transport by car (or even a bit of walking!)
over March/April to bring it to the significant locations on Turas Columbanus and leave it there for the recipients to arrange celebrations of their own choosing. Other groups may wish to be included in the schedule,
The suggested route is
Cork – Dungarvan – Waterford – New Ross – St Mullins – Graiguenamanagh – Borris – Myshall and then Turas Columbanus as set out on the map.
It was to arrive in Myshall and be paraded during the St Patrick’s Day Parade, sadly the ship was delayed en route and the Bell will now come in the next few days.
So a visit to the Adelaide Church was an unexpected treat as it has always been closed whenever I called previously.