Pilgrims prepare to walk the ancient Brigid's Way
After the successful inaugural pilgrimage in July 2013, the Brigid's Way walking pilgrimage will get underway at Faughart Shrine on Saturday, June 28. The official launch of the pilgrimage took place on Thursday, June 12, in the County Library.
This nine-day walking pilgrimage, which gets under way on June 28 at 3.30pm, seeks to re-activate an ancient pilgrim path between Faughart and Kildare, linking again the two centres in Ireland most associated with devotion to Brigid.
The first stage of this pilgrimage starts in the beautiful grounds at Faughart Shrine with its magnificent trees and the flowing Brigid stream. Local people are invited to join the walkers in this initial phase of the pilgrimage. They will lead people around the healing stones located in this site. Later a ceremonial sending out of the gathered pilgrims will take place and at 3.30pm the pilgrims leave Faughart to begin the first stage of the pilgrim journey to Kildare, Brigid's monastic city.
The pilgrimage from Faughart to Dundalk will meander along lovely country roads, allowing people to enjoy the beautiful countryside. The route passes Kilcurry Church, Toberona and Fatima. It then goes up the Mill Road, Dundalk crossing the Castleblaney Road onto Mount Avenue, Dundalk near Cuchulain's Mound. At this stage, pilgrims have a choice to continue along Mount Avenue and into Dundalk by the Carrick road, or to walk through Sally Cox's beautiful land 'Lisnawilly', which according to the late historian Harold O'Sullivan, contains a section of the ancient pilgrim path from Faughart to Kildare.
Louth Women's Network for better rural Living will serve refreshments at the end of the walk through Lisnawilly. The total distance is approximately six miles.
Full details of the pilgrimage can be found at brigidsway.ie or www.facebook.com/brigidsway.