National Pilgrim Paths Day – Easter Saturday, April 4, 2015
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. Ireland’s second annual National Pilgrim Paths Day will take place Easter Saturday, April 4th 2015, with a nationwide series of walks planned along all of this country’s major medieval, penitential walkways.
As with the highly successful event in 2014, National Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 again provided a warm welcome for 1,200 participants of all religious backgrounds and equally those without religious affiliations. A unifying day emphasising Ireland’s common Christian heritage it was designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of the country’s historic past. Every effort was be made to facilitate participation in a unique event aimed at rediscovering Ireland’s rich medieval and spiritual inheritance. Most of the pilgrim walks were single day events taking place on April 4; some were over 2 days, but all were 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 outlined below, click on the location in question to learn more about each individual Pilgrim Path and details for those who would like to walk it this coming summer.