National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of our principal penitential routes and is aimed at raising awareness of Ireland’s rich inheritance of pilgrim paths. It is targeted, not only at those who enjoy exploring ancient tracks imprinted with the footsteps of our penitents past, but also at the growing numbers seeking walkways with deeper spiritual significance.
Easter Saturday, April 19th 2014, has been designated Ireland’s first National Pilgrim Paths Day with a nationwide series of walks planned along all of this country’s major medieval, penitential walkways. Pilgrim Paths Day is aimed at providing a warm welcome for participants of all religious backgrounds and equally those without religious affiliations. It is planned as a unifying day emphasising Ireland’s common Christian heritage and is designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of the country’s historic past.
Every effort will be made to facilitate the participation of families, the less fit, and in so far as possible, those with special needs in a unique event aimed at rediscovering Ireland’s rich medieval and spiritual inheritance. Most of the pilgrim walks will be single day events taking place on April 19; some will be over 2 days, but all will be targeted at returning a degree of deeper reflection on, and appreciation of the Irish outdoors, to the Easter period.
You can see the Pilgrim Paths and their locations on the Pilgrim Paths Day Page.