|Painting of St. Colmcille from St. Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny|
I went back yesterday evening to the place Colmcille had his early education at Kilmacrennan. Just a couple of minutes outside the little village of Kilmacrennan there is a path that takes you to a place steeped in history. Colmcille was educated in the area around 528 AD by his teacher, Cruthnechan, and he later founded a monastery there (6th c-1129), a Franciscan friary was built there (1537-1610) and one of the walls remain to this day, the O'Donnell chieftans had their religious rites of inauguration here (1200-1603), and the ruins of the old Church of Ireland of Kilmacrennan (1622-1845) are still there.
|The path between the Franciscan friary ruins and Church of Ireland ruins|
|The river Lennon where it rises at Gartan Lake|
|Franciscan friary ruins, Kilmacrennan|
|The steeply sloped graveyard at the Franciscan friary, Kilmacrennan|
|The view which St. Colmcille probably saw nearly 1,500 years ago|
|Forget-me-nots at Kilmacrennan|