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Camino de Glendalough

The Camino de Glendalough takes pilgrims through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains between Hollywood and Glendalough. The route follows the ancient pilgrim path of St Kevin’s Way from St Kevin’s Church in Hollywood to the Monastic City in Glendalough. The full Camino covers a distance of 30 kilometres but there are also many opportunities to join the path for individuals and groups wishing to make shorter journeys.

The Camino de Glendalough
The Camino de Glendalough

The 2017 Diocesan Camino de Glendalough will take place on Sunday September 10. As with last year, pilgrims will be welcome to join the Camino at any point during the day and choose to take the full 30 kilometre pilgrimage following St Kevin’s Way from Hollywood in West Wicklow to Glendalough or a shorter route.

The day will start with a Service of Holy Communion and Pilgrim blessing in St Kevin’s Church in Hollywood at 9.00 am on September 10. There will be a service in St John’s Church in Laragh at 9.30 am.

Once again, St John’s in Laragh will act as a hub during the day with buses available to ferry people to the Wicklow Gap for shorter walks. The day will conclude with a short service at the Upper Lake in Glendalough.

The first Camino de Glendalough took place last November and attracted pilgrims from all over Dublin & Glendalough and beyond. The idea arose from the diocesan Come & C discipleship programme and has sparked a lot of interest both locally and internationally.

People have undertaken pilgrimage since early Christian times and early Irish monks were well known for their wonderlust. Today’s pilgrims may undertake their journeys for many reasons – a sudden change in their lives, an urge to find a deeper meaning in life, to give thanks or seek blessing. Pilgrimage brings people on two journeys: one physical and one internal or spiritual.

There are plans to organise smaller group pilgrimages from St John’s Church in Laragh. It is also hoped to link in with the Camino de Santiago.

The Camino de Glendalough
The Camino de Glendalough

A booklet has been produced to accompany those who undertake the Camino de Glendalough. The booklet details the route of the Camino and also gives an insight into why people undertake pilgrimage and the story of the life of St Kevin. A brief history of the Monastic City of Glendalough is also outlined.

The booklet can be downloaded here.

The time table for the Camino de Glendalough 2017 is:

9:00 am: St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood – Pilgrims intending to complete the full St. Kevin’s Way of 30km will be sent out by the Archdeacon of Glendalough, the Ven Ricky Rountree and the Rector of Blessington Union, the Revd Leonard Ruddock, following a time of prayer and blessing and a service of Holy Communion. Please note that the walk is expected to take approximately six hours.

9:30am: St John’s Church, Laragh – Service of Holy Communion

10:30am: Pilgrims planning to walk from either Wicklow Gap or around Glendalough, are invited to make their way to St John’s Church, Laragh. A minibus will be on hand to take people to Wicklow Gap. Also, if needed, the minibus will drop people to the Holy City.

11:00am, 12 midday and 1.00 pm: St. John’s Church, Laragh – A minibus will take pilgrims to Wicklow Gap, where they will be able to take a two hour walk back to Glendalough along St Kevin’s way.

5.00pm: Upper Lake, Glendalough – Pilgrims are invited to gather for an outdoor service of thanksgiving and prayer. A minibus will be available to take pilgrims back to Hollywood after this service.

* Please feel free to join at any time throughout the day. The key aim is to be at the Upper Lake at 5.00pm. * The minibus will be available to transport people from Laragh to Glendalough throughout the day.