For some time now moves have been ongoing to set up a new Celtic Camino which would be part walked in Ireland and part walked in Spain. Now the good news is that Cathedral of Santiago has agreed to grant a Compostela to pilgrims who complete the 75km Camino Ingles from A Coruña to Santiago, if they have completion evidence for a 25km pilgrimage in Ireland.
The Camino Society Ireland of Ireland has undertaken the task of defining authentic pilgrim routes within Ireland and has now agreed that the stamp for any of 3 routes in the Irish Pilgrim Passport that are over 25km will be will be accepted as evidence of completing the Irish section of the Celtic Camino. These routes are: Tochar Phádraig, Co Mayo; St. Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow and St. Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, Co. Cork.
If you already have an Irish Pilgrim Passport stamped for any of the 3 above routes, you can bring your stamped Passport to the Camino Information Centre, James’ Street, Dublin for verification where they will sell you a Camino Passport, which costs €10, and give you a Celtic Camino Compostela for sunmission to the Cathedtal in Santiago. This will be stamped with the Society and the St. James’s Church stamps, as well as with the signature of Camino Society chairperson, Turlough O’Donnell. If you cannot visit the Camino Information Centre you can contact them via email or at one of their Information days. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.The Camino Information Centre is open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 10.30am to 3.30pm from March to October.
Then recommence your pilgrimage in A Corúna, and continue to Santiago getting your passport stamped along the way (two stamps per day). In Santiago, submit your Pilgrim Passport with your stamps for the A Corúna route along with your Celtic Camino Compostela (or a copy) and you will be granted a Camino de Santiago Compostela. You can also request a Cathedral stamp for you Celtic Compostela in the Pilgrims office.
If you are only interested in completing the Celtic Camino, you do not need to purchase an Irish Pilgrim Passport. Instead you can purchase the Camino Passport from the Camino Society and then complete one of the following pilgrim routes: Tochar Phádraig, Co Mayo; St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow and St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, Co. Cork. The local organization will stamp your Camino passport with the local stamp, which will be accepted as evidence of completion of the Celtic Camino by the Camino Society in Dublin. Then recommence your pilgrimage in A Corúna as decribed above