Pilgrim Paths Week 2017

Pilgrim Paths Week 2017

Scroll to bottom of page for list of Pilgrim Paths.

For a full programme of events for Pilgrim Paths Week 2017 click on this link.

Pilgrimage has been defined as “a meaningful journey to a place of spiritual significance” and the practice is almost as old as recorded history. In Ireland the pilgrim journey has strong historic resonance with early Christian scholars coming to Clonmacnoise; medieval penitents journeying to Lough Derg, Holycross and Glendalough, while others sought heightened spirituality by visiting Skellig Michael or climbing Croagh Patrick.

Despite this long pilgrim tradition and strong national reputation for spirituality, there was until relatively recently little footfall on Ireland’s ancient penitential paths with the country not  regarded as an important destination for spirituality motivated travel. In this context, Ireland’s first National Pilgrim Paths Day in 2014, was aimed at raising awareness of the country’s network of pilgrim routes and  providing a more general appreciation of Ireland’s medieval Christian heritage.

In 2016 the Pilgrim Paths Festival was extended to a week long celebration. The new festival proved to be a huge success and plans to keep the week long duration have been extended into the 2017 event.

In 2017 the Pilgrim Paths Week festival will run from Wednesday April 12th to Tuesday April 18th. Please bookmark this site and visit our Facebook Page for details of what is planned in your area.

If you use the ‘What’s On‘ and ‘Activities‘ links on the left you can find out what is planned at your local Pilgrim Path in the coming months.

Read about Pilgrim Paths in Ireland

Read more about the Pilgrim Paths of Ireland in John G. O’Dwyer’s new guide book ‘Pilgrim Paths in Ireland’.

With maps, photos and concise directions, it is published by The Collins Press (RRP €11.99)

The book is available from all good bookshops and online from The Collins Press Online Store.

Ireland’s Pilgrim Paths

Click on the Icon for the Pilgrim Path for which you would like further information.

Rath/Dysert Pilgrim Path
Cosán na Naomh
Cnoc na dTobar
St. Finbarr's Pilgrim Path
St. Declan's Way
Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop
Slí Mór
St. Kevin's Way
Brigid's Way
Tóchar Phádraig
Lough Derg
Turas Cholmcille

Pilgrim Paths Week 2017