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1st Jun 2021
to 31st Jul 2021

Age Range
All ages

The Dove

'The Dove' is a 4 part video series that will explore the tales of ‘The Dove’ which will include a guided tour of the heritage sites linked to the patron saint, Colmcille.

Colmcille founded a monastery at Swords (Fingal's County Town) in the 6th Century and evidence of the ecclesiastical settlement in Swords still exists, centred on St. Columba’s Church of Ireland Church on Church Road, Swords. St. Colmcille is said to have appointed Fínán Lobur Suird (‘Finian the leper/invalid of Swords’) as the first abbot, although it is believed St. Fínán died within Colmcille’s lifetime.

The monastery led over time to the development of the town and there is a tradition that the spring well was blessed by St. Colmcille. The place name Swords is derived from Sord meaning ‘pure’ or ‘clear’ but it was also known as Sórd Cholmcille, meaning the pure spring of Colmcille.

Presenter Pamela Finn will meet with local historians and Ned Kelly, the former Keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland where he worked extensively on diverse aspects of Irish archaeology, to explore the man known as ‘The Dove’ - Colmcille and his legacy connections in Swords and the surrounding area.

The videos will be uploaded to social media platforms listed below during National Heritage Week 15-23rd August 2020.

Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.

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