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11/11/2011 Launch of Slí Cholmcille website by the Minister of State in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D., launched the website Slí Cholmcille today (11/11/11) in the company of Carál Ní Chuilín MLA, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure in the Northern Ireland Assembly and Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning and Skills in the Scottish Parliament.

Slí Cholmcille (The Colmcille Way) is the first tourist trail between the islands of Ireland and Scotland and is comprised of nine local trails in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  The website www.colmcille.org provides visitors with extensive information about the various trails as well as providing an insight into the history and folklore surrounding St. Colmcille in the three jurisdictions.

Minister of State McGinley said that he was proud to launch this attractive website in his native area as it reaffirms the strong community ties that exist between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, ties that have been forged by the common historical bond with St. Colmcille.  The Minister of State congratulated Colmcille, the tripartite initiative between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, for its work on developing the website.

The Minister of State McGinley said: “I am confident that this website will entice more people to learn about the life of St. Colmcille and that it will encourage them to follow his footsteps through the scenic areas associated with him in the three jurisdictions.”

The Minister for Culture in the North of Ireland Carál Ní Chuilín said the new trail would further strengthen tourism links with Scotland. She said: “The Slí Colmcille is a ground breaking project as it is the first visitor trail between Scotland and Ireland. It uses a web-based approach which shows the maps and directions of each of the nine trails. Through the medium of the internet it is possible to follow a real journey made by Colmcille relating to his return from the Great Conference of Kings at Drum Ceat outside Limavady, to Coleraine, on his way back to Scotland. St Colmcille is shared between Ireland and Scotland and he is perhaps the most powerful symbol of the link between the two countries and their common Gaelic heritage. Slí Cholmcille allows the Irish language to make a real contribution to heritage and tourism, and to Christian Heritage which is a growing area in tourism in Ireland and internationally.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Allan said: “The Scottish Government is pleased to be involved in Slí Cholmcille project which supports the cultural and historic links between Ireland and the west of Scotland and our common language and heritage. I hope that the Gaelic speakers across our Administrations will use this trail to build connections between Ireland and Scotland.”

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Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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