This ‘barn’ styled gothic building is St. Columba’s Church. It is located on an elevated position with stunning views over Lough Foyle. It was built in 1871 close to the site of an early Christian church dedicated to St. Columba who is Derry’s patron saint. Derry is closely linked to the story of Colmcille who is said to have set sail from Derry to Iona (off the coast of Scotland) to found his new monastery there in 563 ad. In the centuries that followed, the monastery in Derry became an important part of the Columban ‘familia’ or community of monasteries, with monks travelling by boat between the two places and beyond.

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