Saturday 8 November 2014

Saint Colum of Culbrim, November 8

On November 8 the Irish calendars record the feast of Saint Colum, associated with the locality of Cúil Bríuin. The Martyrology of Gorman records 'Colomb son of Aed the Bent' and the notes add 'of Cúil Damáin, i.e. of Cúil Bríuin'. In the absence of a November volume by Canon O'Hanlon I turned to Pádraig Ó Riain's Dictionary of Irish Saints to see if there was any further information available on this saint. There his locality identified as modern Culbrim, within the parish of Ballymoney, County Antrim. He is mentioned in the list of homonymous saints and assigned two distinct feast days - November 8 and December 11.  Saint Colum was remembered at Cúil Bhrióin, which seems to be also known as Cúil Damháin, on both of these days.

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