Selja: The Story of Sunniva
The Irish-princess-virgin-martyr, St Sunniva, is one of the most enigmatic of Scandinavian saints. The site of her martyrdom, the island of Selja on the west coast of Norway, became an important monastic and episcopal centre during the eleventh century. Towards the end of the twelfth century her relics were translated to Bergen, the new centre of the bishopric, and she became the patron saint of Bergen. This short film provides an overview of her legend and the historic site at Selja, Norway’s holy island. Filmed on Selja with Shoshana Rae Stark in October 2014.
The Monk Who United Europe
I served as a historical consultant for the BBC/ RTE co-production of the film documentary “Mary McAleese and the Man Who Saved Europe” broadcast on BBC and RTE in November 2015.
Saint Columbanus: The First European
A radio discussion with former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and Columban missionary Father Sean McDonagh on the legacy of Saint Columbanus for the 14th centenary of his death in November 2015. Broadcast on RTE Radio 1.
Making Europe: Columbanus, Robert Schuman, and the Idea of Europe
In January 2020 I was invited to speak at a conference in Galway, Ireland organized by the Roundtower Association. The lecture explored the development of the idea of Europe from the time of St Columbanus in the early Middle Ages to Robert Schuman and the establishment of the European Union in the aftermath of the Second World War.