Pilgrim Paths Week 2020 – April 10th to 19th

Pilgrim Paths week 2020 will run from Friday April 10th, through EASTER and then on to the following Sunday, April 19th.

Pilgrim Paths Week, which is now in its 7th year, is an Eastertime Festival based on Ireland’s network of pilgrim walking routes. This heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each  penitential route 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  penitents past, but also at the growing numbers seeking walkways with deeper significance.

Pilgrim Paths Week provides a warm welcome for participants of all religious backgrounds and those without religious affiliations. It is planned as a unifying time 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 mystical inheritance. Most of the pilgrim walks will be single-day events; a few will be multi-day outings, but all will be targeted at returning a degree of deeper reflection on, and appreciation of the Irish outdoors, to the Easter period.

Pilgrim Path Week Event Details

All events taking part over the festival week will appear here once they are confirmed.
Good Friday, April 10
Guided ascent of Cnoc na dTobar Pilgrim Mountain, Co Kerry. For information contact 087 7942134, Email: skelligkerry@gmail.com
Easter Saturday, April 11
St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow.  Guided walk. For information contact, 086 859 4333 or email: Glendaloughpilgrimage@gmail.com
Cosán na Naomh, Co Kerry – Fully guided 18km walk. For information   contact, 087 251 8174, Email: foh@udaras.ie.
First stage of  St Declan’s Way the new pilgrim path linking Cashel, Co Tipperary with Ardmore, Co Waterford. Distance 20km. Cost €30 includes transport to the start and food afterwards.  Infornmation:  www.knockmealdownactive.com or 086 3541700
Easter Monday, April 13
Inis Cathaigh (Scattery Island) Easter Walk
on Inis Cathaigh / Scattery Island
Join ‘Walk with Pius’ on Easter Monday to explore Inis Cathaigh (Scattery Island) as part of National Pilgrim Paths Week 2020.
Walk with Pius Murray, from 10 am to 2 pm. Meeting point: Scattery Island Tours, Kilrush Marina, Kilrush, County Clare. Booking essential. Contact Pius at. 087 9828173. e. pius@walkwithpius.com,
Easter Monday, April 13
Tóchar Phádraig Pilgrim Path, Co Mayo.   Guided contemplative walk along the  17 km 1st half of the Tóchar departing at 11 am. Note: there will be an opportunity to complete the second half of the Tóchar on Saturday,  June 27 as part of a second fully guided walk. For further information contact Ballintubber Abbey, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Tel: 094 9030934. Email: info@ballintubberabbey.ie.
Tuesday, April 14,
Talk by Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland John G O’Dwyer in Tralee Library, Co Kerry at 6.30pm. He will speak about his best-selling guidebook to the Irish pilgrim paths and also the pilgrim stories from his latest book which is titled ” Wild Stories from the Irish Uplands”. Admission free. All welcome.
APRIL 18th & 19th, 
St. Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, Cork.  A contemplative walk as part of Pilgrim Paths Week 2020. Information from David Ross on 086 173 5134 or email, davidross316@gmail.com.
Details of event updates will be posted regularly on Pilgrim Path’s Facebook Page, like and share to be informed when there are new events.