AMRA CHOLUIM CHILLE: Dallán’s Elegy for Columba


Ferran 16 copy This exhibition of  paintings by Irish artist Brian Ferran and calligraphy by Donald Murray is a response to the oldest surviving poem in the Gaelic tradition:  Amra Choluim Chille was an elegy for Columba or Calum Cille, and was composed around the time of his death in 597 AD.

The exhibition is brought to Faclan to raise awareness of Slighe Chaluim Chille / the St Columba Trail which can be seen at  www.colmcille.org. The trail links Gaelic-speaking communities, and early churches from Iona and the Western Isles to Derry and Donegal.

Aonghus Dubh MacNeacail provided a translation of the poem into Scottish Gaelic for the book which accompanies the exhibition. The book also contains an edition of the poem and translations into modern Irish and English  by Professor PL Henry.  along with reproductions of the paintings and calligraphy.

The exhibition was developed by Colmcille, a programme which links Gaelic Scotland and Ireland, in partnership with the ULTACH Trust and Pròiseact nan Ealan.

 

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