Anticipation building for Colmcille’s return

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Two weeks after setting off from the Isle of Iona, the crew of the Curragh Colmcille will arrive in Derry next Friday, June 7, to begin the celebrations of one of the most ambitious projects in the City of Culture year – the Return of Colmcille.

The contents of the Curragh’s mysterious cargo will only be revealed on the Saturday, June 8, when the crate which has been guarded overnight by monks in Guildhall Square, will be opened.

That kicks off the afternoon’s events – including Welcome to ColmVille as performers including the Undertones use music, movement and the spoken word to tell tales of what has been happening in the city since Colmcille’s departure a millennia and a half ago.

On the Saturday evening the People’s Procession along Harbour Square, Strand Road and gets under way from 9pm as a cast of hundreds of local people in extravagant costumes paint a spellbinding picture of the Derry its patron saint has missed.

And it all comes to a head with the Showdown on the Foyle when the Loch Ness Monster arrives to seek revenge on his humiliating defeat by Colmcille 1,500 years ago.

You can still get involved in the biggest spectacle the city has ever seen and be a part of the People’s Procession.

You could be a punk or an Amelia Earhart – a monk or a Josef Locke or even Subbuteo footballer. Final rehearsals for the show take place throughout the coming week and anyone interested in taking part in the most spectacular party the city has ever see can contact Wendy Blemings at Walk The Plank on 02871 360886. Email: wendy.blemings@walktheplank.co.uk