New St Columba trail

A brand new tourist trail celebrating the life of St Columba - Derry’s patron saint - is to be launched this summer.

Sli Cholmcille - which also includes a website - is set to take a fresh look at the life and traditions of St Columba, also known as St Colmcille.

The trail draws together the fascinating story of St Colmcille’s life and legacy.

The saint and his followers are credited with taking Christianity to many parts of Ireland and Scotland.

On Thursday, May 5, local people are invited to a presentation at the Tower Museum at which details of Sli Cholmcille will be revealed.

The presentation will be followed by a short walking tour of sites in Derry connected with Colmcille.

Sli Cholmcille encompasses nine locations in Ireland and Scotland, ranging from Derry and Donegal to the Outer Hebrides and Argyll.

The website will be tri-lingual, with text in English, Irish and Gaelic.

At next week’s Tower Hotel event, Brian Lacey, archaeologist and Colmcille expert from the Discovery Project in Dublin, will outline the history of the saint while Lucy Harland, from Proiseact Nan Ealan - the Gaelic arts agency of Scotland - will reveal details of the website and trials.