St Declan’s Way – The Irish Camino (7 days)
26th September – 2nd October 2021
Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services is delighted to be the first charity to undertake the Irish Camino, ‘St Declan’s Way’, which predates the Spanish Camino by circa 400 years. This will be a very special and unique experience for our supporters, taking them 100 kms down paths trodden by saints of old, past castles and forts, holy wells and breath-taking views.
While we all know of St Patrick who visited Ireland in his mission to spread Christianity (around 415 AD), St Patrick never actually travelled much further south than Cashel. It was St Declan who travelled up to Cashel from Waterford on many occasions to meet St Patrick and bring word of Christianity back to the Déise region of Waterford. This 100 kms (62 miles) ancient pilgrim path became known as St Declan’s Way and it is this amazing path that we will be walking – very much a journey back in time linking the ancient ecclesiastical centres of Ardmore in County Waterford and Cashel in County Tipperary.
Today, St Declan’s Way remains faithful to the original medieval pilgrimage and trading routes etched out on the landscape through the centuries. We will be following these ancient trails together with our specialist guides, Dr Phil Brennan and Elaine from Waterford Camino Tours, on a seven-day walk that will leave imprints that will last a lifetime. On our Camino, we quite literally walk in the steps of those who have gone before. When our own stories merge with the stories of old, it is then the magic happens.
Let the journey begin!
INVITATION: Online Information Session (Thursday 10th June at 6:30pm)
We are delighted to announce that Dr Phil Brennan will be providing a special introduction meeting for this exciting tour; this is open to all and we would be delighted if you could attend. The talk will provide a fuller insight into what you can expect during the week-long ‘pilgrimage’ and is an excellent opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
If you would like to attend this talk please register below and we will send you a link / reminder closer to the date. Thank You!
Numbers are limited… Register to Join The Camino Walk now!
Our Camino Walk is currently limited to 24 people.
If you have already decided that you would like to attend the Camino Walk with us this Autumn please let us know as soon as possible below. We will contact you and arrange for payment of a deposit of €300, which we need to secure your accommodation (NB This deposit is non-refundable, but it will reduce your fundraising target amount of €2500).
For all other informal enquiries, please contact David
Phone: 01 4911072