Projects - The Arts & Heritage

An Leabhar Mòr

An Leabhar Mòr

Colmcille has been the one of the main financial supporters of an ambitious vision that was 7 years in the making and has surpassed everyone’s expectations.

Festivals

Festivals

At community level, festivals are one sure way of bringing people together from diverse backgrounds to celebrate in music and culture. Since its inception, Colmcille has been supporting and funding festivals of all shade and hue.

Visual Contemporary Art Collaboration

Visual Contemporary Art Collaboration

Colmcille supported a programme involving the establishment of a scheme in which international artists would be brought to Gaeltacht areas to work in collaboration with artists from the visited region in question to realise specific work programmes.

Artists’ Exchange Programme

Artists’ Exchange Programme

Colmcille developed a pilot scheme to establish an International visual artists’ exchange programme between the Gaeltachts of Ireland and Scotland.

Drama

Drama

Colmcille supported the development of the theatre partnership production between Ababú (Northern Ireland) and Tosg (Scotland) in producing an Irish language version of An Coille Ghruamach, a pantomime/fantasy drama devised by the late Simon MacKenzie.

Dance

Dance

Colmcille assisted a ten-day visit to Ireland by dancers from Scotland to explore the connections between Scottish stepdance and the sean-nós style of Irish dance, and the interrelationship of Scottish and Irish Gaelic with their respective dance forms.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

This is the largest and most successful of the music summer schools in Ireland.

Armagh Pipers Club & Fèis an Earraich

Armagh Pipers Club & Fèis an Earraich

The Armagh Pipers Club trains young musicians from south Ulster in centres in Armagh and Monaghan.

Éire is Alba

Éire is Alba

At the Mòd in 2008, and the Oireachtas in 2009, Colmcille invited Gaelic singers and sean-nós dancers to form a group which would work together to showcase Gaelic music and culture for an audience of Gaelic speakers.

Fèis nan Òran

Fèis nan Òran

For a number of years Colmcille organised a sean-nós festival at Tí Chulainn, An Mullach Bán.

Duais Cholmcille

Duais Cholmcille

Strokestown in Co. Roscommon hosts an international poetry festival where Gaelic poetry is given equal status with English. Colmcille has provided a prize fund for poems in Irish or Scottish Gaelic.

An Guth

An Guth

Colmcille has supported all six issues of “An Guth” a publication that provides an effective forum for Gaelic poetry from both Ireland and Scotland.

Féile na Gréine

Féile na Gréine

For a number of years Colmcille has supported the participation of Scottish Gaelic artists at the Summer Solstice festival, Féile na Gréine, in Waterville, Co Kerry.

Glaschú na nGael

Glaschú na nGael

With the city of Glasgow playing such a key role in the lives and memories of Gaelic speakers from Ireland and Scotland, Colmcille, working in partnership with Conradh na Gaeilge and Ceòl ‘s Craic organised the the highly successful Glaschu na nGael weekend of language, music and craic.

Amra Choluim Cille

Amra Choluim Cille

A stunning series of paintings by artist Brian Ferran based on the 6th century poem Amra Choluim Chille was at the centre of a project developed in a partnership between Colmcille, the ULTACH Trust, a cross-community Irish language organisation based in Belfast, and PNE, the Gaelic Arts Agency.

Lewis Psalm Singers

Lewis Psalm Singers

The Lewis Psalm Singers have made a significant contribution to the work of Colmcille and to cross-community understanding in Northern Ireland.

Fèill Chaluim Chille

Fèill Chaluim Chille

The 9th June is the feast day of St Colmcille. In 2007 Colmcille organised the first Fèill Chaluim Chille in Gleann Cholm Cille, in partnership with Oideas Gael.

Saoghal nan Gaidheal

Saoghal nan Gaidheal

Colmcille launched a major photographic competition,  aimed at capturing the lives of speakers of Scottish or Irish Gaelic or of the life of the Gaelic speaking communities in the two countries.

The Colmcille Sessions

The Colmcille Sessions

Colmcille supported an ambitious project to produce a series of six half hour television programmes exploring and celebrating the shared heritage of Scottish and Irish music and, particularly, Gaelic song.