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Gartan (Irish: Gartán) is a parish in County Donegal, Ireland. It is best known for being the birthplace of Columba, one of the three patron saints of Ireland and one of the most revered saints in the Christian world.[1] Here he founded a monastery in 521.[2] The popular song "Gartan Mother's Lullaby" comes from the area,[3] and has been performed by many artists, including American actress Meryl Streep.[4]


Gartan Lough
Gartan Lough
Gartan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°01′47″N 7°46′43″W / 55.029744°N 7.778664°W / 55.029744; -7.778664Coordinates: 55°01′47″N 7°46′43″W / 55.029744°N 7.778664°W / 55.029744; -7.778664
CountyCounty Donegal
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceB847228

The book "Kenny", by Leona Dalrymple (The Reilly & Britton Co., Chicago, 1917), which [5] may be read online[6] says:

I often think these days of Kenny's wood-fire tales of the shrine of
Black Gartan where St. Columba was born. Colomcille, old Kenny called
him around the wood-fire, didn't he? Colomcille, Kenny said, having
been in exile, knew the homesick pangs himself and therefore could give
the good Irishmen who journeyed to his shrine strength to bear them.
I'm not in exile but there are times when I should be journeyin' off,
as Kenny says when the brogue is on him, to Black Gartan. The curse of
the Celt! Kenny swears there's no homesickness in the world like an
Irishman's passionate longing for home and kin. Not that I long for
the studio. God forbid! Kenny's the symbol for it all.



  1. ^ [1] Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Gartan, Co Donegal, Ireland". Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "Gartan Mother's Lullaby (Three Celtic Folk Songs) – SSA, Piano Accompaniment Vocal Score – Sheet Music & Songbooks". Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "For Our Children: Music". Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "The Project Gutenberg eBook of Kenny, by Leona Dalrymple". Retrieved May 12, 2014.
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