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Columba () or Colmcille (7 December 521 – 9 June 597 AD) was an Irish abbot and missionary evangelist credited with spreading Christianity in what is today Scotland at the start of the Hiberno-Scottish mission. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He is the patron saint of Derry. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Columba has received more than 1,345,963 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Columba is the 822nd most popular religious figure (down from 750th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Ireland (down from 42nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Irish Religious Figure.

Columba is most famous for the Columban monastic order. Columba was a missionary monk who traveled to Scotland and Ireland in the 6th century. He founded several monasteries, including Iona Abbey in Scotland.

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Among religious figures, Columba ranks 822 out of 2,238Before him are Diego de Landa, Antipas of Pergamum, Barbara Blomberg, Simeon of Jerusalem, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, and Zeno of Verona. After him are Theodore Stratelates, Abd Manaf ibn Qusai, Jane Frances de Chantal, Thibaud Gaudin, Andrew Kim Taegon, and Peter of Alcantara.

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Among people born in 521, Columba ranks 1After him is Simeon Stylites the Younger. Among people deceased in 597, Columba ranks 2Before him is Fredegund. After him are Zhiyi, Simeon Stylites the Younger, and Ceol of Wessex.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Columba ranks 43 out of 501Before him are Edmund the Martyr (841), Saint Gall (550), Eileen Gray (1878), Iris Murdoch (1919), Dolores O'Riordan (1971), and Bertie Ahern (1951). After him are Causantín mac Cináeda (836), Brendan Gleeson (1955), Richard Cantillon (1680), Ethel Voynich (1864), John Tyndall (1820), and Maureen O'Hara (1920).


Among religious figures born in Ireland, Columba ranks 3Before him are Columbanus (540) and Brendan (484). After him are Mary Jane Kelly (1863), Brigid of Kildare (451), Kevin Farrell (1947), Saint Kilian (640), Saint Fiacre (607), Dymphna (700), Kevin of Glendalough (498), Coloman of Stockerau (1000), and Catald (700).