Derry City & Strabane - 'Light of the Dove' event to mark Colmcille birthday




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'Light of the Dove' event to mark Colmcille birthday

03 December 2021
A special evening of light and reflection will take place in Long Tower on Tuesday 7th December in celebration of the 1500th year since the birth date of St Colmcille.
The 'Light of the Dove' event has been co-ordinated by the North West Carnival, In Your Space and Studio 2 and will see the grounds of the Long Tower come to life with a stunning light installation, dance, theatrical poetry readings and a selection of dazzling local musicians to create a walk-through experience themed around hope and looking to the future. Attendees can also visit the Aras Colmcille centre within the grounds to experience the interactive displays and learn all about the life and legacy of Colmcille.
The event is taking place as part of Colmcille 1500 - a year-long commemoration marking the 1500th anniversary of the birth of Colmcille, also known as Columba. Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council have co-ordinated the programme throughout the year which has been supported by key partners including the North West Development Fund, in conjunction with and supported by The Executive Office and The Irish Government.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, said it will be a special and poignant evening to remember a figure who has such a prominent place in local history.
"We have had a fantastic year of events as part of Colmcille 1500, marking the role that St Colmcille has played here and across the north-west. This will be a very fitting tribute to mark the historic occasion of 1,500 years since the birth of Columba in 521AD.
"It will be a time not just to reflect, but also to look forward with hope and optimism. It is fitting that this event will take place in the grounds of St Columba's Church in Long Tower and the installations planned are beautiful.
"I would also ask everyone attending the Light of the Dove to be mindful of COVID-19 guidelines and to follow social distancing from those not in your family bubble so that we can all enjoy this fantastic event safely."
The Light of the Dove event will take place in Long Tower on Tuesday 7th December, beginning at 6.30pm and running until 8.30pm.
Other activities are also planned for St Colmcille's birthday on 7th December, including projections in Guildhall Square and at the Saint's birthplace in Gartan.
For more information on Colmcille 1500 visit or the Colmcille 1500 Facebook at