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!