Go Back Report # 1188



9 June 597, Ireland: An immense pillar of fire


"Another vision also given at the same hour under a different form was related to me, Adomnan, who was a young man at the time, by one of those who had seen it, and who solemnly assured me of its truth ... He said:

       "'On that night when St. Columba, by a happy and blessed death, passed from earth to heaven, while I and others with me were engaged in fishing in the valley of the river Fend [the Finn, in Donegal], which abounds in fish, we saw the whole vault of heaven become suddenly illuminated. Struck by the suddenness of the miracle, we raised our eyes and looked towards the east, when, lo! there appeared something like an immense pillar of fire, which seemed to us, as it ascended upwards at that midnight, to illuminate the whole earth like the summer sun at noon; and after that column penetrated the heavens darkness followed, as if the sun had just set.

       '" And not only did we, together in the same place, observe with intense surprise the brightness of this remarkable luminous pillar, but many other fishermen also, who were engaged in fishing here and there in different deep pools along the same river, were greatly terrified, as they afterwards related to us, by an appearance of the same kind.'"


Reference for the above text is: Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, p. 61-62, © 2009.

Original reference: William Reeves, ed. Life of Saint Columba, founder of Hy. Written by Adamnan, Ninth Abbott of that Monastery (Edinburgh:  Edmonston & Douglas, 1874).




Europe –Ireland, Donegal

Fend (River) = the Finn River, in Donegal

Finn River    Latitude 54-07-00 N, Longitude 007-20-00 W (D-M-S) [Ireland (general]

Donegal      Latitude 54-40-16 N, Longitude 008-02-09 W (D-M-S) [Populated place]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/


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