Derry pilgrims inspired on Iona

A group of Derry pilgrims have celebrated the Year of Faith with a pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland, to celebrate the 1450th anniversary of St Columba’s departure from their home city.


Led by Fr Roland Colhoun and Fr Paddy O’Kane, the pilgrims retraced St Columba’s footsteps on the island he had made his home for 34 years.


“We took the opportunity to pray the Novena to St Columba and its accompanying Litany, written at Long Tower, in Derry, over a century ago,” said Fr Colhoun.


The group also explored the ancient monastic cobble-stone path and Celtic crosses carved by monks down the centuries.


The group concluded its pilgrimage with Mass back home in the Immaculate Church, Trench Road.