Pilgrimage Themed Events

Upcoming Events


Pilgrims on Tochar Phadraig
Saturday, October 15.
Last opportunity this year for a walk along St Kevin’s Way on Saturday, August 19. You will be in the company of like-minded people with all logistics taken care of, and you can get your. Choice of either a 12km or 30Km walk.  Passports stamped for the Irish Pilgrim Journey. Don’t miss it.
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To register for the walk email, Stkevinsway@gmail.com
August 26  Tóchar Phádraig
The final fully organised group walk of the Tóchar Phádraig is on August 26. Again it is the full Tóchar from Ballintubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick.The walks are open to everyone, including families. When finished, you are welcome to come back to the Monastery, light a candle in thanksgiving on your and perhaps enjoy a cuppa and a scone in the cafe. For information visit ballintubberabbey.ie or telephone for more information to 094 9030934.


Friday, January 27


A special night dedicated to walking will take place in Bookworm Bookshop, Thurles on Friday, January 27, beginning with a drinks reception at 7pm. Speakers will include Brid Ryan Bourke of Mid Tipp Hillwalkers who will speak about opportunities for walking in 2023 while author John G O’Dwyer will recount some of his favourite stories from the Irish uplands and also describe the exciting new Pilgrim Path honouring Saint Aidan and DaviD which will link Wexford with St David’s city in Wales. Finally, hugely experienced walker, Michael Walsh of the Irish Camino Society, will speak about the many opportunities for pilgrim walking both in Ireland and Spain. It should be a memorable night  All comers welcome, don’t miss it

11/12 March 2023


A pilgrimage symposium will place in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford In March. The keynote address is by Satish Kumar, who has devoted his life to campaigning for ecological regeneration, social justice and spiritual fulfilment. Now in his 80s, Kumar is an inspirational speaker, teacher and author. This is followed by an action-packed day, combining chaired sessions as well as inclusive discussion forums.
Lucy Von Weber of Visit Wales and Andrew Smith and Jill de Azevedo of Faillté Ireland will speak about spiritual tourism in Wales and Ireland. Other speakers include Ruben Heijloo, Director of Nordic Pilgrim, Very Reverend Dr Sarah Rowland-Jones, Dean of St Davids Cathedral and John G O’Dwyer, Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland. Sunday 12th March is an optional extra, where participants will have the chance to walk some of the new pilgrim route in Wexford or participate in a pilgrimage singing workshop and reflect on ideas emerging from the day before.
The symposium includes complimentary lunch and dinner. Booking is on a first-come, first-served basis and open to all. Book your place now via Eventbrite at https://ancientconnections.org/…/pilgrimage-today…

Camino de Santiago

Dec 26, 2022

There will be a 17 km fully guided walk along the first half the Tochar Phádraig on St Stephen’s Day,  from Ballintubber Abbey to Aughagower. Departs at 11.am after €15 registration in Ballintubber Abbey, Claremorris, Co Mayo. For further information, telephone 094-9030934 during office hours Monday to Friday.

November 14

Here is an open invitation to the introduction of the exciting new Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way on Mon, Nov 14, at 8pm in Ferns Community Centre, Wexford. The event will have speakers from Ireland and Wales. One of the speakers is John G O’Dwyer, of Pilgrim Paths Ireland. On his first time speaking in Co Wexford, he will describe the re-awakening of the Irish pilgrim paths and how they can greatly benefit local communities. This free event is sponsored by the Ancient Connections Project and is open to all

Saturday, October 15.

Last opportunity this year for an autumnal walk along St Kevin’s Way on Saturday, October 15. You will be in the company of like-minded people with all logistics taken care of, and you can get your Passport stamped for the Irish Pilgrim Journey. Don’t miss it.

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To register for the walk email, Stkevinsway@gmail.com

Sunday,  July 31

For Reek Sunday 2022, there will be a guided walk of the Tóchar Phádraig on , which leads from Ballintubber Abbey.
REGISTRATION FEE €15. Registration form and payment of €15 fee needs to be completed at the Abbey on the day.
This walk can be completed for a stamp on your Irish Pilgrim Passport, details can be found on the Pilgrim Paths website. Passports will also be available to purchase for €5 at registration.
If you have any queries, or you would like the registration form emailed to you to complete in advance, you can email info@ballintubberabbey.ie or call 09490 30934

Thursday, August 18.

To celebrate Heritage Week, Hollywood St Kevin’s Way Group invite you on a pilgrim walk with reflections, chats and tea stops along St Kevin’s Way. Contribution €20 covers bus transport, insurance and light refreshments.
Choice of Walks
Hollywood to Glendalough, 30 km
Time: 8 hours (return bus afterwards to Hollywood)
Registration for walk: Hollywood village, 7.30 am
Ballinagee Bridge to Glendalough, 12 km
Time: 4 hours (Bus from Glendalough to Ballinagee)
Registration for walk: Glendalough Visitor Centre 12noon
Further information on the walk from: stkevinsway@gmail.com


SATURDAY, June 18 and Sunday, June 19
St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Walk begins at the Top of the Rock, Drimoleague on Saturday morning and continues to Kealkil. On Sunday, the walk is from Keakil to Gougane Barra. The inspirational talks, camaraderie and magnificent scenery make this a very special experience. For more details, email: davidross316@gmail.com or text 0861735134.
Monday, June 20
Fully guided ascent of the magnificently scenic Cnoc na dTobar Pilgrim Mountain Cahersiveen, Co Kerry. Cnoc na dTobar, Co Kerry – Tel: 087 7942134, Email: skelligkerry@gmail.com, Facebook: Cnoc na d’Tobar


Tuesday, June 21

Guided walk of the Cosán na Naomh to Mount Brandon, Co Kerry. Contact details – 087 2518174, Email: foh@udaras.ie. Facebook; Cosán na Naomh/the Saints’Path.

Thursday , June 23

Guided walk of St Kevin’s Way to Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Contact details – email: stkevinsway@gmail.com

Saturday, June  25

Fully guided walk.Tochar Phádraig pilgrim path. For further information contact: – Ballintubber Abbey, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Tel: 094 9030934. Email: info@ballintubberabbey.ie. Facebook: Ballintubber Abbey

 Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage,

July 22nd to July 31st 2022

We are delighted to announce that after a 3 year hiatus due to Covid 19 we are currently dedicating our energies to bring you a bigger and better 9 Day Pilgrimage from the 23rd – 31st July 2022. Please put these dates in your diary and keep an eye on our website and social media for regular updates.For more information you can visit our website at www.brigidsway.ie or email us at info@brigidsway.ie.

Beannachtaí agus Grá, Blessings and Love

Completed Events


Irish Pilgrim Journey, 2021

A great opportunity now exists for visiting the Irish pilgrim paths to enjoy five fabulous days of  guided walking, while making many new friends and, perhaps, completing the Irish Pilgrim Passport. Those not completing the Irish Pilgrim Journey, but wishing to join in for any of the days, are also most welcome.
Saturday and Sunday August 21and 22.
As part of the Irish Pilgrim  Journey 2021, bookings now being taken for a guided walk along the St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, which takes place in West Cork. Information, 0861735134 or email davidross316@gmail.com.
Monday, August 23
On the following day, there will be a fully guided ascent of Cnoc na dTobar Pilgrim Mountain, Cahersiveen Co Kerry. For information contact 087 7942134, Email: skelligkerry@gmail.com,
Tuesday, August 24
Guided walk of the Cosán an Naomh. Meet Ventry Carpark, (on the coast west of Dingle) at 10.30 am.  Information and bookings (€20) from Kevin O’Shea, www.celticnature.com , 0876247230, Email: info@celticnature.com
Time/distance: approx. 5.5 hours and 16 km. Return bus arranged for those who require it: approx 8-10 euro each, depending on numbers and bus company.
A stamp for the pilgrim passport will be provided on the day or, alternatively,  can be obtained at Ventry Post Office or Dingle Tourism Office.
There are many accommodation options listed at www.dingle-peninsula.ie.
Thursday, AUGUST 26 
St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow, fully uided walk. The meeting place  will be the visitor centre at Glendalough where there will be a bus to bring walker to the start point. There is car parking at the visitor centre, For information contact, 083 4328442 or email: Glendaloughpilgrimage@gmail.com,

Lough Derg, Donegal

Lough Derg organises guided Pilgrim Walks and Pilgrimage along the lake shore at various times throughout the year. The schedule of activity along the Pilgrim Path will be updated here https://www.loughderg.org/lough-derg-pilgrim-path.


Completed Events


September, 20 to 25: Walk of St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path

For those who missed the chance to walk the Spanish Camino and the Irish pilgrim paths this year, we offer you a chance to walk for five days on the Sheep’s Head Way and St Finbarr’s pilgrim path from 20th September, arriving at Gougane Barra on St Finbarr’s feast day 25th September. We can advise on selected loop walks each day with maps and phone contact provided. Each person, couple or small group will use their own transport. We will provide accommodation in outdoor Glamping pods, along with breakfast if requested. This is an attempt to provide a structured walking holiday suited to your particular abilities while avoiding large groups and transportation. Please contact David to discuss. 0861735134

Thursday, Feb 6, 2020

This is a first of its kind pilgrim event, which will feature the opportunities for pilgrim walking in both Ireland and Spain. It takes place in the Bookworm Bookshop, Thurles at 7pm, and is an evening not to be missed. The evening will open with a reception and tasting session for local foods and drinks from along the Camino routes in Spain and also the cuisine local to the Irish pilgrim paths.

This will be followed by a talk from author and Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland, John G O’Dwyer. He will speak about his experiences – some sad, some insightful, some funny – while completing the Irish Pilgrim Paths when writing his bestselling guidebook to these routes He will also speak about the new Irish Pilgrim Passport and St Declan’s Way which opens this year as a fully waymarked pilgrim route linking royal Cashel with monastic Ardmore.

The final speaker of the evening will be Michael Walsh of the Irish Camino Society. Michael is one of Ireland’s most experienced Camino walkers and has already completed the entire pilgrim route from Holycross Abbey in Tipperary to Santiago in Spain. He will he give hints for those new to walking pilgrim routes and also speak of the new Celtic Camino, which combines pilgrim walking in Ireland and Galicia. Admission is free. All comers welcome. Don’t miss it!

Completed Events


Irish Pilgrim Journey, 2019

AUGUST 24/25

St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, Co Cork. Guided contemplative walk over 2 days. Information, 0861735134 or email     davidross316@gmail.com.


Guided ascent of Cnoc na dTobar Pilgrim Mountain, Co Kerry. For information contact 087 7942134, Email: skelligkerry@gmail.com.

August 27

Cosán na Naomh, Co Kerry – Fully guided 18km walk. For information   contact, 087 2518174, Email: foh@udaras.ie.

August 29

St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow. For information contact, 0868594333 or email: Glendaloughpilgrimage@gmail.com,


Full Tóchar walk (35k) to celebrate the conclusion of the Irish Pilgrim Journey 2019.  For further information contact Ballintubber Abbey, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Tel: 094 9030934. Email: info@ballintubberabbey.ie.


AUGUST 18/19
St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, Co Cork. Guided contemplative walk over 2 days as part of the 2nd annual Irish Pilgrim Journey.  The event is also a pre-meeting pilgrimage for those taking part on the  World Meeting of Families in Dublin.
Information, 0861735134 or email.     davidross316@gmail.com.
Cnoc na dTobar, Cahersiveen, Co Kerry. Guided walk to the summit as part of the 2nd annual Irish Pilgrim Journey. Information, 087 7942123 or email: skelligkerry@gmail.com.
Cosán na Naomh, Dingle, Co Kerry. Guided walk as part of the 2nd annual Irish Pilgrim Journey. Information , 086 8191942, Email: tp@iol.ie
St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow. Guided walk of the full route as part of the 2nd annual Irish Pilgrim Journey. For Further information contact, 0868594333 or email: Glendaloughpilgrimage@gmail.com
Tochar Phadraig, Co Mayo. Guided walk of the full route as part of the 2nd annual Irish Pilgrim Journey For further information, contact 094-9030934, email: info@ballintubberabbey.ie.