St Columba / Columcille Retreat

9–11 Jun 2017 / Republic of Ireland


Date: 9–11 Jun 2017

Cost: €350/€150 (Non Residential)

Location: The Song House, Falcarragh, Co. Donegal



Run by: Candy Verney

Further information:

Explore the heritage of Columcille/Columba through singing, history, and walking in his footsteps in remote and inspirational North West Donegal.

Join us for a fascinating weekend singing songs inspired by Columcille/Columba, as well as exploring places associated with his life, in this wild and remote area in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) area of NW Donegal. 9th June is the Feast of St Columcille (c. 520– c. 597), Abbot and original founder of Iona, who was born in Gartan, Co. Donegal, and is patron saint of the city of Derry. The Song House / Teach na nAmhrán lies a few miles away from Gartan, and the area still abounds with myths and legends associated with this iconic saint.

Dr Ann Buckley of Trinity College Dublin has made it her life’s work to research and make accessible monastic chants from manuscripts from the early Irish Church. Many of these beautiful chants refer to Columcille and you will have the unique opportunity to sing some of them, whilst visiting the places where they may have been sung. Ann is director of Amra, a research project on medieval chant for Irish saints found in manuscripts from all over Europe.

Candy Verney’s speciality is getting people singing. Over 20 years she has created and run 5 community choirs, and inspired thousands to find their voice and sing in harmony. Recently she has fulfilled a lifetime’s dream to live in the west of Ireland, and has developed the Song House, a peaceful residential centre surrounded by the wild vibrant beauty of nature, overlooking Muckish mountain.

COST: €350

This includes accommodation, transport to sites and all meals, except Saturday evening, when we will eat at a local pub.

Single room supplement: €50


For further information and application form, contact Dr Ann Buckley – or +353 (0)87 2414121