The 1400th anniversary of the death of St Columban is being marked by gatherings and prayer-services across the country on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 June 2015.

A Pilgrim Walk is being organised from Fore Abbey in Collinstown parish through Taghmon parish finishing at the Camino Garden outside the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.

A suggestion is emerging that the Walk could be suitable for Godparents and their Godchildren and for parish baptism/liturgy groups who wish to connect with the faith of previous generations. The Walk may be of interest to those who have taken part in the Camino de Santiago and to walking groups in your local community.

It is also a valuable opportunity for those who wish to learn about St Columban and the local monastic heritage around the area.  There are some related events in the coming weeks:

• Thursday June 18 – 7.30pm Multyfarnham Friary 

A gathering for reflection, music and prayer to mark the contribution of St Columban to Ireland and Europe.

• Saturday June 20 – 9.30am 22km Pilgrim Walk from Fore Abbey to Mullingar

As indicated above, three parishes hosting one of several pilgrim walks around the country to celebrate the life of St Columban and the monastic heritage of North Westmeath. Pilgrim Passports for this ‘camino style’ walk cost €10. Transport from Mullingar Cathedral to Fore costs €5 and should be pre booked.

• Sunday June 21 – 11am Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar to celebrate ‘The Life and Legacy of St Columban’

• “Saints, Scholars & Shells” – weekend of June 20 & 21 in Mullingar Cathedral

Third and Fourth class pupils and their teachers in the local schools are creating 2D + 3D exhibits on St Columban and the monastic heritage of Westmeath.

• Monastic Information Board 

New heritage boards are being erected that incorporate the life of St Columban into the information provided in the Camino garden in Mullingar Cathedral grounds.