Thursday, 7 November 2019
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
224. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will co-ordinate a range of appropriate State commemorative events to mark the 1,500th anniversary of the birth of St. Colmcille in December 2020, working in co-operation with the National Museum, the National Monuments Service, an organisation (details supplied) and Donegal County Council; and if she will liaise with her counterparts internationally to mark the anniversary. [45933/19]
I refer the Deputy to the response that I gave on 5th November 2019 to his previous parliamentary question concerning plans to mark the 1,500th anniversary of the birth of St Colmcille (PQ44379/19).
I am aware of the 1,500th anniversary of the birth of St. Colmcille in December 2020. My officials have had initial discussions with Foras na Gaeilge to explore how this anniversary might be marked.
As yet, I have not received an approach from Donegal County Council or the organisation referred to by the Deputy on the matter, but I would of course be open to a discussion between my Department and either party to help ensure that this anniversary will be marked appropriately.
Earlier this year, the heritage of Colmcille was celebrated at a special event in the Music Room in Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday 8 June, the eve of the Feast of Colmcille. The event was part of a partnership programme between Foras na Gaeilge and Bórd na Gàidhlig, which promotes the use of Irish and Scottish Gaelic in Ireland and in Scotland and between the two countries.