Commissioned specifically for the anniversary year from Sligo-based composer Michael Rooney by the Cos Cos Festival, the Battle of the Books March is inspired by the event that occurred on the lower slopes of Benbulben at of Cúl Dreimhne which led to Colmcille’s exile to Iona and, later, the establishing of a monastery at Drumcliffe.

Originally from County Monaghan, Michael is recognised as one of the most influential and innovative stylists on the harp, and as a significant composer of music for small and large-scale ensembles and orchestras having been recognised as the TG4 Composer of the Year 2017. (

Colmcille March/Polka

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