521–597

Introduction

Born: De­cem­ber 7, 521, Gar­ten, Coun­ty Do­ne­gal, Ire­land.

Died: June 9, 597, Io­na, Scot­land.

Buried: Io­na, Scot­land.

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Biography

A mem­ber of Clan O’Neill, Co­lum­ba des­cend­ed from Ir­ish roy­al­ty. He stu­died at the mo­nas­tic school of Mo­ville un­der Fin­i­an, then at Lein­ster under Gem­man.

Upon en­ter­ing the mon­as­te­ry at Clo­nard, he be­came a priest. In 563, he went to Scot­land, where he be­came the Ab­bot of Io­na and con­vert­ed the north­ern Picts to Chris­ti­an­ity.

He was al­so said to be one of the first to see the so called Loch Ness Mon­ster.

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