Columba, also known as Colmcille, was an athlete, scribe, poet, mystic, ‘statesman’ and ‘politician’. His strength of character, empowered by God’s Spirit, enabled him to give expression to his variety of gifts and capabilities.
Columba was born into the O’Neill royal family, it is thought, on 7th Dec 521 in Gartan, Co Donegal. As a youth he was send to Finnian in Moville, Co Down for Christian instruction. From these early days, he developed a great love for the Psalter, the Book of Psalms.