Vox Peregrini Concert – July 4th, 2019
St. James’s Parish and Camino Society Ireland were delighted to welcome Vox Peregrini on Thursday, July 4th to St. James’s Church.
Vox Peregrini is an ensemble comprised of professional singers, conductors, and experienced musicians. Founded in 2015, Vox Peregrini has embarked upon multiple pilgrimages through the Wicklow Way in Ireland as well as Þórsmörk in Iceland, and has offered concerts throughout Dublin and Reykjavik.
This year, the Choir made their pilgrimage through the Wicklow Way and the many holy sites of Wicklow, including the monastery at Glendalough.
They ended their time in Ireland here in St. James, which has long been a gathering place for pilgrims
Camino Society Members & Friends Annual Day Out – Loughcrew Megalithic Centre – July 20th, 2019
A great day out traveling to Meath, Westmeath and Cavan visiting Loughcrew Megalithic Centre run by a great young couple Neil and Sarah for tea coffee and scones. We then climbed to Loughcrew Tombs for a great talk by Malachy Hand and on to the Seven Wonders of Fore where Malachy also joined us.
We travelled to the Cavan Museum for a talk on the Battle of the Somme and life in the trenches and on the GPO 1916 rising ,a must to visit this Museum in Ballyjamesduff. Finished in Kyrans on Lough Ramor for a lovely meal and a glass of vino.
Our driver David Martin from the 3 Tenors serenaded us back to Dublin with his beautiful voice.
By Betty Tuite
Annual St. James Day Mass – 28th July, 2019
There was a great turnout for the annual St James Day Mass in St James’s Church Dublin. We thank Fr. Eugene, Monseigneur Jim, all the Camino Society volunteers and the local community.
Camino Society Ireland Monthly Hill Walk – Ticknock Woods – August 10th, 2019
August’s walk took us to Ticknock Woods in South Dublin. We took in part of the Wicklow Way and the Dublin Mountain Way. Even though the weather was unclement, we made the best of it and had an enjoyable day. These types of walks are great practice for prospective pilgrims and we encourage pilgrims to bring along backpacks if a Camino is approaching.
Visit of pilgrims from Malta – 29th August, 2019
We were delighted to receive a visit from a number of pilgrims from Malta during their time in Dublin. They celebrated Mass in St. James’s Church in Dublin before travelling west to start walking the Irish Pilgrim Journey. At the time of writing, I understand they have received the Teastas after walking five pilgrim paths. It was a pleasure to meet you and we hope to see you again.
August Pilgrim Blessing – St James’s Church, Dublin – 31st August 2019
A number of pilgrims, past, present, and future received a pilgrims blessing in St. James’s Chapel this morning. It was a very special occasion in a perfect setting. In remembrance of the day, scallop shells were provided to each pilgrim for their upcoming Camino. Thank you to Fr. Eugene, Oihana for the photography and to everyone who made today a success. A further pilgrim blessing can be received on September 28th at noon.
Oihana Trojaola, an active member of Camino Society Ireland, who has just been awarded a Teastas for completing the Irish Pilgrim Journey. She is the first native of the Basque Country to do so. Here she is after receiving her Teastas. Well done on this great achievement!
The Pilgrim Paths of Ireland are a collection of ancient religious routes with well documented claims of having been used by pilgrims since ancient times. Walking these ageless trails not only offers the opportunity for spiritual renewal but also provides a link to our past, while contributing to tourism and community development in each area.
These paths are an alternative to the Caminos de Santiago in Spain. They can be used as great practice for an upcoming trip to Spain or can be walked in their own right.