Camino Society Ireland Monthly Hill Walk – Binnianea Loop, Cullahill, Co Laois – 28th December 2019
Thank you to all who walked with us in Culahill, Co. Laois. The Binnianea Loop or the Cullahill Loop is a few kilometres from the town of Culahill. The morning started with a brief ascent up a rustic staircase, through a pine forest. It wasn’t long before we were rewarded with tremendous views of the Slieve Bloom mountains and of course Culahill Castle. This was the seat of the MacGiollapadriag clan until the 17th century. We were joined by our team of local guides, Susan and Brid who shared interesting nuggets of history while we walked. (Article in Irish Times about the Binnianea Loop)
We look forward to our next walk at the end of January.
Camino Society Ireland Monthly Hill Walk – Black Linn Loop, Howth, Co Dublin – 16th November 2019
While the weather on the Camino is not as pleasant at the moment, the rain and the wind held off for a few hours this morning for our monthly members’ walk. Today saw us at Howth Head, famous for its’ many looped walks. The Black Linn Loop would see us follow red arrows and take us from the train station, past the famous Martello tower, up to the Summit before descending back to Howth via the Deer Park Golf Course. Much fun was had and there was plenty of discussion about future Caminos! Thanks to everyone who walked with us today!
Camino Society Ireland Members & Friends Walk – Boyne Valley Camino, Drogheda, Co. Louth – 12th October 2019
Thank you to Boyne Valley Walking for walking with us on the Boyne Valley Camino. The Boyne Valley Camino is a self-guided, 25km looped walk from Drogheda, which forms part of the Celtic Camino.
The walk goes along the Boyne, through beautiful Townley Hall woods, via two OPW sites of Mellifont Abbey and Oldbridge House, through the village of Tullyallen, along the Boyne Canal, and returns to Drogheda along the stunning Boyneside Trail.
Official Camino Passports can be used to collect beautiful stamps created by local artists en route. This 25km Boyne Valley Camino can be continued in Galicia by walking the old pilgrim route from A Coruña (the port of landing of pilgrims from Ireland through ages) to Santiago de Compostela (75km) to complete the 100km required to receive an official Compostela.
Photos by Boyne Valley Walking
September Pilgrim Blessing – St James’s Church, Dublin – 28th September 2019
A number of pilgrims, past, present, and future received a pilgrim’s 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, and to each volunteer who assisted on the day. Pilgrim blessings will recommence at the end of January.