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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Celtic Camino route is launched

Eugene Finnegan, Chairperson of Bray Tourism, Joe Maguire of Bray Tourism and the Camino Society Ireland, Cllr Pat Vance, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council; and Jim McNicholas and Turlough O’Donnell (chairman) from the Camino Society Ireland launching the Bray Celtic Camino
Eugene Finnegan, Chairperson of Bray Tourism, Joe Maguire of Bray Tourism and the Camino Society Ireland, Cllr Pat Vance, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council; and Jim McNicholas and Turlough O’Donnell (chairman) from the Camino Society Ireland launching the Bray Celtic Camino

Mary Fogarty

The 'Bray Camino' route was officially launched last Thursday at the seafront.

The Caroline Foundation then held a the 'Inaugural Celtic Camino Walk' along the route on Sunday, in aid of cancer research.

The Bray Celtic Camino Coastal Route is a journey of 30.5km starting on the seafront in Bray and finishing in St James Church, James Street, Dublin, with points along the way where people can get their Camino 'passports' stamped.

The pilgrimage is an Irish part of the famous Camino de Santiago walking route. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims do some or all of the Spanish route each year, making their way to the cathedral in Santiago, where believers visit the tomb of the Apostle James.

Official certificates are only granted by Spanish church authorities to walkers who complete 100km of the Camino route.

On this new official Irish route, 25km can be counted as part of that 100km.

Other similar routes around Ireland include Tochar Phadraig in Mayo, Saint Finbarr's pilgrim path in Cork and Saint Declan's Way through Tipperary and Waterford.

The first stamp on this route is available at Finnbee's coffee shop in Bray.

By finishing the coastal route, walkers will receive a Celtic Camino Comostela (certificate) for the achievement, from the St James Church office.

A Camino Passport can be purchased from the Camino Society or online at caminosociety.ie.

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