The Celtic Camino

Posted on: 9th April, 2019

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

The Camino Santiago, or way of Saint James, is one of the most famous pilgrimage walks in the world. Its history is steeped in a tradition of over a thousand years when pilgrims first began to visit the final resting place of the apostle James. 

In the 17th century pilgrims from Ireland began going to Santiago, joining merchant ships headed for the port of A Coruna, from where they would walk the 75km to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Among them was Donal Cam O’Sullivan who joined other Irish chieftains there after the battle of Kinsale and the Flight of the Earls. 

In recent years the Camino Society of Ireland have revived the tradition and have arranged with the authorities that a full Compostela Certificate (as in this picture) can be issued for the Celtic Camino for the 75km route from A Coruna to Santiago provided 25km is previously walked on a pilgrim path in Ireland. 

The St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path is a recognised pilgrim route for people to start their own Camino here. Though it is 37km in length a shorter version mainly by walking roads would bring you in at the required 25km to Gougane Barra. 

The Passport can be obtained from the Camino Society of Ireland by requesting same on their website www.caminosociety.ie

Michael Grainger of Cloughduv is a regular walker on the St Finbarr’s Pilgrim path. In conjunction with J.Barter Travel, Cork he has put together a reasonably priced package for the Spanish side of the Celtic Camino. He can be contacted at 087 2206360 or email mvgwalking@gmail.com. His package includes the Passport, which you can then stamp at the Top of the Rock, Kealkil PO and Gougane Barra Hotel.

Enjoy your Celtic Camino starting right here in West Cork in Drimoleague. You may be interested in signing up for one of this year’s St Finbarr’s Contemplative Pilgrim Walks April 27/28 or August 17/18. Contact David Ross (086) 1735134 or walk the path anytime at your own pace.

Buen Camino! 

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County Council host 'Dursey Cable Car Community Information Evening' Tuesday 23rd April 2019 6-8pm in the Lehanmore Community Centre, Garnish, Beara peninsula.

Cork County Council, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, is currently planning the development of the Dursey Island Cable Car and Visitor Centre valued at approximately €7 million.

Following on from the very successful community information evening held in Glengarriff in late March, Cork County Council propose to hold a further information evening to engage with the community and all stakeholders in regards to development of the Cable Car and Visitor Centre.

This information event, happening in the Lehanmore Community Centre, Garnish, aims to update the local community and industry stakeholders on the status of the project and to seek comments and observations. It will afford the local community and industry stakeholders an additional opportunity to comment on the current preliminary design which will be on display on the evening.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy is encouraging everybody with an interest to attend this meeting, “It is vital to the success of this project to get input from the community and the feedback from these events will go into the overall design to help shape the Dursey Island cable car and visitor centre’s development into an iconic tourist experience that brings with it great benefits to the Beara region”

The third of three community information meetings on the development, this upcoming meeting, in Lehanmore Community Centre, will close the current series of formal information events. It is intended that a new series will commence post planning consent in late 2019 or early 2020.
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