Shamrocks & Shells

Camino Society Ireland's online magazine

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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.

Congratulations to….

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.

For more information on the Irish Pilgrim Journey, please visit and

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