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Adomnan a truce could be reached, the monks brought the saint’s relics to Ireland and visited forty churches that administratively belonged to Iona.And indeed, it became possible to reach a truce very soon.The young Adomnan soon became famous for his learning, brilliant knowledge of the Holy Scriptures and theology, fine teaching abilities and holiness of personal life.It is believed that for a short time Adomnan studied and taught at the Irish Monastery of Durrow.In the town of Raphoe in Donegal, the supposed birthplace of Adomnan, an Anglican Cathedral belonging to the Church of Ireland is dedicated to him and it is known as “The Cathedral Church of St. In the Middle Ages, churches were built in memory of both these saints in this town.Significantly, there is a joint Anglican Diocese of Raphoe and Derry in the Church of Ireland, which unusually has two cathedrals—the Raphoe Cathedral of St. Columba in the city of Derry—another visible link between these two saints. Adomnan is the patron-saint of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raphoe. Columba he is also the patron saint of the Catholic cathedral in the town of Letterkenny, which stands on the River Swilly in Donegal (the Cathedral dates back to the late nineteenth century).The composition of many beautiful poems in Gaelic is attributed by many scholars to Adomnan as well. It told of the spiritual insights and revelations received by Adomnan.This account enjoyed wide popularity in the Middle Ages. Adomnan reposed in peace in the Lord in the year 704 (according to another version, 705) as a very old man, venerated by all for his exemplary holy life and many years of labors for the good of the Holy Church.
Columba of Iona (who was probably a distant relative) in Ireland before he moved to Scotland.
While the negotiations were being held, the Abbot of the Monastery at Wearmouth, St.
Ceolfrid, convinced Adomnan of the correctness of the Roman practices and customs (22 years before at the Synod of Whitby the English Church had decided to institute the practices of the Orthodox Church of Rome in the British Isles, but the Celtic Churches of Scotland, Ireland and Wales complied with this decision and adopted these practices only several generations later).
Many people took an oath on the holy abbot’s relics and promised to obey “The Law of Adomnan”. Adomnan was twice desecrated by the Vikings: first in the ninth century and then again exactly 200 years later in the eleventh century. Adomnan can be found at Nether Leask in Aberdeenshire to this day.
Numerous churches in the Scottish County of Aberdeenshire, in the Angus area and in the Hebrides were from ancient times dedicated to St. In Ireland from time immemorial there were churches in honor of this saint in the counties of Donegal, Sligo and Derry. Columba on this site several decades before the birth of Adomnan.
In the year 679, aged about fifty-five, Adomnan himself became the tenth abbot of this prominent monastery and, thus, one of the successors of great Columba.