Glossary of words/terms used on the site. The explanations and dates are not de-facto they are an interpretation of information gathered on the internet and from other sources, let us know if there is need of correction.


Ben Bulben:  Part of the Dartry Mountains and is listed as a protected structure, it is easily Sligos most recognisable natural attraction and its distinct shape was formed by glaciers during the ice age  

Cashel:  Or Caiseal in gaelic is a type of small ring-fort in Ireland

Cooldrumman:  Or Cúl Dreimhne in gaelic is an area north of Carney and south of Cashelgarren Co Sligo where the Battle of the Books was fought

Inishmurray:  Now an uninhabited island covering 228 acres (0.9 km2) situated 7 km north west from Streedagh point off the coast of County Sligo Ireland

Inis Muirdach:  The island of Muirdach or Inishmurray in its anglicised form

Iona:  Ì Chaluim Chille – the isle of Colm Cille is a small island in the Inner Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland it was a center of Celtic Christianity for four centuries

Muirdach:  Saint Muiredach mac Echdach, also known as Murtagh was consecrated by St Patrick, he was the founding bishop of the Diocese of Killala Co Mayo Ireland in the 6th century and is believed to be the patron of the monastery on Inishmurray which bears his name

St Colmcille:  Colm Cille meaning dove of the church and also known as Saint Columba was the founder of a monastery on the island of Iona Scotland, he was born at Gartan Co. Donegal on December 7th 521, the son of a chief related to several of the princes then reigning in Ireland and in the west of Scotland

St Finian:  Born near Strangford Lough Co Down (495-589AD)  He was the founder and first abbot-bishop of Movilla, near present-day Newtownards, Co Down, where there is still a graveyard and ruin of an abbey. His most distinguished disciple there was St Colmcille

St Molaise:  Lived in the 6th century and credited with bringing Christianity to North Sligo little is known about him as there is no written record of his life, he is reputed to have pronounced the banishment on St Columba in 563AD

Psalter:  Illuminated manuscript containing the Book of Psalms