National Pilgrim Paths Week – March 22nd – 29th, 2016
National Pilgrim Paths Week is a recognised 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 third annual celebration of Ireland’s National Pilgrim Paths will expand from a single day to a week long event. National Pilgrim Paths Week 2016 will take place from Tuesday March 22nd to Tuesday March 29th 2016, with a nationwide series of walks, lectures and a variety of community based activities planned along and around all of this country’s major medieval penitential walkways.
As with the highly successful day long events in 2014 and 2015, National Pilgrim Paths Week 2016 will provide a warm welcome for 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 will be made to facilitate participation in a unique event aimed at rediscovering Ireland’s rich medieval and spiritual inheritance. Many of the pilgrim walks will be single day events taking place over the course of the week; some will be over 2 days and others will be up to 5 days long, 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 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 during the festival.