SATURDAY 16th and SUNDAY 17th NOVEMBER
Saturday 16th – Talks & Lunch. St Comgall’s Parish Centre, Brunswick Road. 11am – 1.30pm. Free.
Saturday 16th – Walk. Meet at the Bangor Bell at 2.00pm. Free.
Saturday 16th – Concert. St Columbanus Church, Groomsport Rd. 7.30pm – Cost £10
Sunday 17th – Talk St Columbanus Church, Groomsport Rd. 2pm – Stained Glass Window Talk. Free.
Sunday 17th – A United Celebration. First Bangor Presbyterian Church, Main Street. Free. Guest Speaker: Bishop Noel Treanor.
Columbanus Festival Weekend
The annual Columbanus Festival, which commemorates the life and legacy of Columbanus, will take place during the weekend of 16/17 November 2019 in Bangor. The programme includes a series of talks on Columbanus; a guided walk following the Bangor Bell Trail; a concert featuring the talented Ards CCE traditional Irish music, singing and dancing group plus the critically acclaimed Cappella Caeciliana Chamber Choir; and a cross-community church service in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.
Festival co-ordinator Alderman Deborah Girvan said, “Columbanus, an Irish monk, spent 20 years of his life in Bangor before sailing off in a boat from Bangor with 12 disciples around 590 AD. He landed in St Coulomb, Brittany, and travelled through northern France, Switzerland, and Austria preaching and founding monastic settlements, which attracted many monks and scholars whose fame and influence are felt to this day.
He finally ended up in Bobbio, Italy, where he died in 614 AD. The Friends of Columbanus Bangor are keeping his memory alive by commemorating his life and legacy through its annual Columbanus Festival. I would commend this programme to anyone who wants to learn about a remarkable man who left his indelible mark not only in Bangor but also across Europe. ”
For more information just click the link on the website: www.friendsofcolumbanusbangor.co.uk