Cultural and Religious Impact of the Irish Monks in Germany and Europe, presented by Enzo Farinella.
From the 6th to the 10th century - Ireland with its many schools was a beacon of civilization. Her teachers conquered whole nations and they became counsellors of Kings and Emperors.
In Germany Wendel, Patron Saint of Saarland, Fridolin at Sachingen, Kilian at Wurzburg - the Irish German town as it is still called - Pirminius in Reichenaua & Marianus Scotus, who established St James in Regensburg, mother house of 12 important dependencies, rendered a great service to European history and culture in general.
King Alfred, who studied in Ireland, called in 891 on Sweeny of Clonmacnoise, "doctor Scortorum peritissimus", to assist at the foundation of Oxford's University. Columbanus, founder of Annegray, Luxeuil and Fonatines in France and of Bobbio in Italy, was the most eminent representative of Irish asceticism. He was one of the greatest Europeans of his time, the Father of modern Europe" and "the Patron Saint of those who are trying to build a united Europe" according to the influential Robert Schuman.