Born in Co. Donegal, in 521 AD, Colmcille is one of Ireland’s most well-known historical figures.
But who was he? Why do we still remember him 1500 years later? You might be surprised to discover that he was much more than just a saint! For example, did you know that one of the earliest copyright infringement disputes in the world involved Colmcille, and led to a battle that resulted in around 3,000 casualties? Or that he once chased the Loch Ness Monster away after it had bitten a swimmer?

But what if Colmcille was around in 2021? What might he think of the world as we know it? How might his story have turned out? Would future generations still remember him?

How do you fancy taking his story out of the history books, and telling it yourself through a mobile app that you can carry around in your pocket, get your friends to download and share with your aunt in Australia?

The ‘Discovering Colmcille’ event is an interactive digital media workshop involving fact-finding, storytelling, digital design and ultimately the creation of an app, focusing on the main events of Colmcille’s life.

‘Discovering Colmcille’ will take place over Zoom as two separate workshops:

5th June 2021
Introductory session. The group gets to know one another and exchange what they already know (if anything – no previous knowledge required!) about Colmcille. Group discussion to collectively agree on the most important elements of Colmcille’s story, and how the finished app should look.

12th June 2021
Participants bring Colmcille’s story to life in their own words, captured and presented in a mobile app by cartoon versions of themselves, gaining an insight into what is involved in mobile application development.

Each participant will receive a download link to the finished app.

This event is brought to you by Pobail le Chéile Community Development Project and facilitated by John Antony Gallagher and Mel Bradley.


Please Register below for the Discovering Colmcille event.

This event will take place over two Saturdays (5th & 12th June) - time slot applies to both dates. While we can't guarantee that we can slot you into your preferred session, if you do have a preference, please select using the dropdown below and we'll try our best!

Provision of Consent

We require all participants to consent to all 4 options to validate registration. If you have concerns in relation to photography, please be aware that any promotional photographs will be of the group only and no one child will be singled out. For more information please contact

I give consent for my child to participate in this online workshop and acknowledge responsibility for supervising their participation in the session. I give consent, for the purposes of this project, for the use of a headshot of the participant(s), which will be used to create a cartoon-style storyteller of him/her in the finished application.

I consent to the recording of visual/audio clips taken by a member of the Culture Division team, or authorised personnel to be used for promotional purposes to include, Creative Ireland and Donegal County Council for use in social media, print media, and publications. For online lessons, a photographer may capture group activity and not single out any one person.

I acknowledge that the minimum age for a Zoom account is 18 years and it is my responsibility to arrange access to the lesson on behalf of my child.

I acknowledge that I am responsible for my child's online activity during this event.

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