The Return of Colmcille - Watch Video Highlights

Watch video highlights of the biggest event of the UK City of Culture celebrations from Derry~Londonderry

The UK City of Culture's most spectacular outdoor event, The Return of Colmcille, brought thousands of onlookers out onto the streets of Derry~Londonderry during the course of two gloriously sunny days on June 7 – 8.

Thousands of people (and some strange characters!) lined the banks of the Foyle to welcome the Colmcille Curragh on Friday, and a mysterious crate, which was transported to Guildhall Square. The contents of the crate were revealed the following day, before The People's Procession wound its way through the streets.

The show – which was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the writer behind the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and produced by Walk the Plank – ended with a tussle behind St Colmcille and the Lough Ness Monster on the River Foyle. Watch video highlights below.


Mayor of Derry~Londonderry, Councillor Martin Reilly has praised organisers and spectators who attended the Return of Colmcille celebrations this weekend. 'The city was a stunning backdrop for The Return of Colmcille, which was organised to herald our city’s founding father and our rich and varied history.

'The incredible weather attracted thousands of people out and about over the weekend to soak up the wonderful atmosphere. Audiences witnessed an incredible programme of events, from the arrival of our patron saint on Friday evening right through to the simply stunning pyrotechnic performance on the River Foyle on Saturday night.

'The weekend’s celebrations have created some lasting memories for the young and old of this beautiful city of ours. To this end I would like to congratulate the Culture Company who commissioned the event, writer and producer Frank Cottrell Boyce for his vision in honouring our patron saint and the team at Walk the Plank who delivered the spectacle.'