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"Trilogy" from Iona
by Iona
Released in 1990 Track: 10 / Time: 8:35
This was an attempt to put into musical terms the eventful history of the island of Iona - 1400 years of history - in just 8 1/2 minutes! Notable events include;
563 - Columba arrives from Ireland to set up a Christian monastery and mission base from which the message of Christ is spread into Scotland and Northern Britain.
794 - Vikings sack monastery
806 - 68 monks killed by Vikings at Martyrs' Bay. Columba's shrine moved to Kells in Ireland - possibly along with the 'Book of Kells' which was reputedly begun on Iona and finished at Kells.
986 - Norse pirates plunder the island and kill the abbot and 15 monks on the White Strand of the Monks (White Sands)
1204 - Last of Columban monks leave the island
1561 - Scots parliament passes an Act suppressing all monasteries.
1840 - Iona parish church built by Thomas Telford
1938 - After years of neglect, the remaining abbey ruins begin to be restored by the newly founded Iona Community.
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