Ceallach

Diarmuid Johnson

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Ceallach: 144 pp; hardback; 978-1-913814-25-0

To the Borders of Christiandom

In the year 591, a band of Irish monks crossed the sea to the continent in a mission to bring the Christian faith to the pagans. Saint Columbanus was their leader. Amongst the disciples who chose to leave their homeland to accompany him, was a cleric called Ceallach.

A Hermit’s Cell in the Wilderness

After an epic sea-journey, wanderings and hardship, Columbanus and Ceallach founded monasteries in eastern France and in southern Germany. But they fell out, and Ceallach founded his own hermit’s cell in the wilderness. That place is called St Gall today – a university town in northern Switzerland.

The Story of Ceallach: The Story of Europe

Ceallach: prince and monk; exile and hermit – this book is his story. This is our story as well, the story of the part our forebears played in European civilisation one and a half thosand years ago. Ceallach: he was never to return to his homeland. But his story lives on.

What the critics wrote about Conaire Mór and Tuatha Dé Danann by Diarmuid Johnson:

“Ó thosach deireadh beidh idir iontas agus aoibhneas ar an té a léifidh an leabhar seo, agus ina theannta sin beidh tuiscint níos fearr aige ar thraidisiún liteartha na nGael.” —Tadhg Ó Loingsigh, Feasta

“Is fada ó bhain mé an oiread pléisiúir as aon phrós Gaeilge a scríobhadh le ceathracha bliain. Rithim, ceol agus comhfhuaim fite le simplíocht, nádúr agus deilbh na Gaeilge ina gcúlra sciamhach ag scéal lán eachtraí, gliceas, dea-chaint, daonnacht agus draíocht.” — Máire Ní Fhinneadha, Tuairisc.ie

Read an excerpt from the book: ‘An Eoraip’

Read “Mé Ceallach: Ag seo mo Scéal” in Nós