Complete an Ancient Pilgrim Path this Springtime

How would you like to complete one of Ireland’s oldest and most revered pilgrim paths this spring, while also supporting a good cause? You now have such an opportunity on the 18th Annual Kerry Charity Challenge which takes place fromFriday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6, 2014 in the Skellig Hotel, Dingle, and supports the cause of visually impaired people and other charities.

John G O'Dwyer

John G O’Dwyer

Well known Tipperary born hillwalker and mountain climber, John G O’Dwyer, who has written the first guidebook book to all of Ireland’’s sacred trails titled Pilgrim Paths in Ireland, will lead the walk along the ancient Cosán na Naomh Pilgrim Path that follows the 18km route from Ventry Strand to the foot of Brandon Mountain in Co. Kerry. The tradition of pilgrimage to Brandon Mountain dates back to when the pagan deity Crom Dubh was ousted from the mountain by the St Brendan,  who then built an oratory on the summit. Pilgrimage has continued to the present day along a route suitable to almost all fitness levels.  The path  winds its way among the fuchsia-hedged fields and bare hills between the Atlantic Ocean and the memorable  mountains towering above Corca Dhuibhne.

The cost for his once-off opportunity to walk in the footsteps of pilgrims past with a highly knowledgeable guide is just €159 euro for the entire weekend and covers hotel B&B on Friday and Saturday along with gala dinner and entertainment Saturday evening.  Further information at Book with Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles; tel 086- 4009989. Email:

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