Short Film The Battle of the Book – The Story of Colmcille and Sligo
Creative Ireland funding supported the making of a short narrated film The Battle of the Book -The Story of Colmcille and Sligo. This short film tells the story of the Battle of the Book which followed from Colmcille copying a psalter belonging to St. Finnian, his refusal to hand over the copy (The Cathach), and High King Diarmait’s ruling “to every cow her calf, to every book its copy.”
The subsequent battle at Cúl Dreimhne (Cooldrumman) County Sligo in 560AD resulted in the loss of 3,000 lives, and concluded with Colmcille’s self-imposed exile to Iona, Scotland.
Commissioned as part of the Sligo Colmcille 2021 programme, this film is included on the SligoColmcille2021 website and shared with programme partners.
This project was facilitated by the North Sligo group, Rathcormac Tidy Towns and can be viewed now.