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St Comgall, a successor to St Patrick, founded a little school in Bangor, Co. down which was a predecessor of the great medieval universities in Oxford, Cambridge and Paris. Amongst his pupils were Columbanus and his sidekick Gall, and they went on a tour of Europe spreading literacy, knowledge and the Gospel, ending up in Milan and Bobbio in Italy. The city of St Gallen in Switzerland is named after Gall, and Columbanus gave the Bangor Antiphonary to the churches in Milan, where it still is today. From that little group of huts in Bangor Magnus, as the old chroniclers called it to distinguish it from Bangor in Wales, came the rescue of intellectual pursuits, classical studies, and the rescue of Western Europe from paganism and ignorance.

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