Áras Cholmcille – the St Columba Heritage Centre – is in the grounds of the Long Tower church. It is an ideal place to get an overview of the stories of Colmcille, patron of the city. It has interactive and audio-visual displays and artefacts, and a range of facilities for visitors, including a café.
Like the Long Tower Church, Áras Cholmcille stands on or close to the site of the 12th century Great Church, the Teampall Mór.
The medieval pilgrimage started at the old harbour, and ended near the Teampall Mór at a place known as An tIompú Deiseal, literally ‘the turn to the right’. It was believed that Christ appeared here to Colmcille, in the form of a beggar.
Áras Cholmcille is located in a former school dating from 1813. This was St Columba’s National School, known affectionately locally as the “Wee Nuns’ School”.
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