Thousands to Rediscover their Heritage during Pilgrim Paths Week April 11 – 18

Pilgrim Paths in Ireland


An Eastertime Festival Celebrating Ireland’s Pilgrim Heritage

April 11 – 18, 2017

Over the coming Easter period large numbers will retrace their ancestral heritage as they take to Ireland’s ancient pilgrim paths to celebrate National Pilgrim Paths Week. This new Eastertime Festival celebrating Ireland’s pilgrim heritage will see a nationwide series of walks taking place on Ireland’s medieval penitential trails along with lectures, dramas, solidarity journeys and other events.  Knowledgeable local guides will lead each walk, allow time for personal contemplation, outline the story of the route and explain how medieval penitents coped with their arduous journeys.


The medieval pilgrimage was originally a journey combining prayer and sacrifice – with an element of physical discomfort.  Recently, there has been a renewed interest in following the footsteps of these pilgrims past and over the last number of years Ireland’s penitential trails have echoed to ever increasing footfall.  


Speaking ahead of the festival, Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland, John G O’Dwyer said; “National Pilgrim Paths Week was created to raise awareness and use of Ireland’s rich inheritance of  pilgrim routes. The event is targeted, not only at those who enjoy exploring Ireland’s ancient tracks, but also the growing numbers seeking to escape  the daily grind of life and take time out to reflect and meditate a little while enjoying the outdoors. Pilgrim Paths Week 2017 has already attracted much local support while appealing also to overseas pilgrims.”


Pilgrim walks are scheduled to take place at each of  Ireland’s Pilgrim Paths including:  Tochar Phadraig, Co Mayo; St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow; Rath/Dysert Pilgrim Path, Co Clare; St Bridget’s Path, Co  Meath;  Cosán na Naomh, Co Kerry; St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, Co. Cork and St Declan’s Way, Co. Waterford.


Copies of the new pilgrim passport for Ireland will be available during Pilgrim Paths Week events taking place on: St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow; Cnoc na dTobar and Cosáin na Naomh, Co Kerry; the Tochar, Co Mayo and St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path Co Cork. The passport offers a unique opportunity to walk 125 km of Ireland’s foremost medieval paths and then receive a Teastas Oilithreachta, (Completion Certificate) from Ballintubber Abbey, Co Mayo.


To find out more about National Pilgrim Paths Week and see the full week-long programme of events go to or email

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