Such an interpretation leaps out from Bede's etymological analysis of the name Columcille noted above: since cella denotes both a chamber in a bee hive and a chamber in a monastery, "Colum-cella's Circle" may signify either a device to watch over bee cells or a device to guard monk cells.
Thus, I will begin with the opening words of the manuscript entry, Pis is sancte columcille circul.
Columcille, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the first High King of Ireland -- back before the British came.
One interesting thing about Columcille is that he didn't stay home with papa the king.
To take Ireland as an example, neither Patrick nor Brigid nor Columcille
nor Columbanus nor Ita nor Kevin nor Ciaran nor indeed a single one before this century got the Roman stamp of approval.
For those who wish to admire the Festival's water activities from dry land, there's plenty of events to reel you in; the Row the Erne and Columcille
Currachs on June 3 and June 5 are two of many spectator race dates for landlubbers, while the Roonivoolin Ramble on Rathlin on Saturday 4th is an unforgettable nature trail experience (puffins included
Even Gibson's second name Columcille
is that of another saint from Co Donegal.
One of the best known of these monks was St Columcille
, whose remains are believed to have been housed in a 10th century oratory building which still stands today.