Columba was exiled from Ireland for his role in provoking the Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561, during which more than 3,000 men died. In 563, he was given land on the island of Iona which became his base for converting the Picts to Christianity.
In the footsteps of Columba … new goddesses for old. As the mother of Jesus, Mary has a central role in the Roman Catholic church, venerated in prayer, art, poetry and music. The Hail Mary is a traditional Catholic prayer.