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The Order of Knights of St Columbanus

The Knights of St Columbanus are an Order of Catholic laymen dedicated to the service of Christ in daily life, in the workplace, the marketplace, in City, Urban and Provincial areas. The knights are a presence in every diocese and county of Ireland.

The order was founded by Fr. James Kearney O’Neill, of Ballycastle, Co. Antrim in 1915 “to cherish fraternal charity and to develop practical Catholicity among its members, to promote and foster the cause of the Catholic faith and Catholic education”.

Membership is open to Catholic men aged 20 and older, in full communion with the Church, who would wish to bring to the service of Christ their talents and skills towards the promotion of Christian values and principles in Society, for the greater Honour and Glory of God the Father. If you are interested in becoming a member contact our head office for details.

The order has four main objectives. These are:

  • To promote by personal and group action the extension of a practical Christianity in all phases of life.
  • To maintain a fraternal society of Catholic Lay leadership.
  • To honour the Faith.
  • To prepare its members for the Apostolate.

The motto of the Order is: “To restore all things in Christ.” Knights, as with all Catholics, are primarily concerned with their own spiritual formation and salvation. They strive to express this in the first instance in their family circle. This conviction is exemplified in their place of work and public life. They are always mindful that a Christian Social Order in a changing world is not and cannot be static, it must be a dynamic balance of forces requiring constant evaluation corrections and adjustment The aim of the Knights is to maintain our country Christian in outlook, thought and action. To achieve this end we are guided by two principles of action. The first is the law of Charity. The second is the law of Justice.



The Galway council (CK30) of the Knights of St. Columbanus was established in 1924. Since that time, the brothers of the council have remained in active service to the Church and community. As well as providing support to the Church, the council also organise initiatives such as the Galway Cathedral market stall at the Galway Christmas Market, hosted debates on religious themes around the City and presented lectures on the lives of the saints and the venerable, for example Matt Talbot.

The council were also responsible for the highly successful veneration of the relics of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Galway Cathedral during June 2017.

It is our sincere hope that all who participate in the Galway Camino, receive many graces through its pilgrim nature and we also hope that participants have an opportunity to absorb the history and beauty of some of Galway’s more hidden treasures.