St Columbanus (Columban)
The Jubilee year commemorating St Columbanus began on 11th October 2014 and ended on 23rd November 2015. It was 1,400 years since the life and death of this remarkable man. The year began with Mass in St John Lateran Basilica in Rome attended by 2000 people from all over Europe. Throughout the year pilgrims arrived at Luxeuil, Annegray and Fontaine in France, at Bregenz in Austria, and at Bobbio in Northern Italy, all places strongly associated with Columbanus. Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese had her tracing the footsteps of St Columbanus documented in ‘Mary McAleese and The Man Who Saved Europe’.