The Irish and the Camino..

Hi everyone, just some news that happened over the last week.

  • I went along to a talk given by Turlough of Donnell of the Irish Camino Society entitled “The Irish and the Camino de Santiago: 800 Years of History” as part of the Dublin History Festival. During the hour or so, Turlough talked about how Irish pilgrims made their way to Santiago through the ages, whether it be by horse or foot and more recently boat. There is also evidence of an old refugio used by medieval pilgrims in Dublin which is all news to me! I was motivated to look for more information online but I can’t seem to find it so far. I have emailed the Irish Camino Society for information on a book published by Leuvan University about the Irish and the Camino. I’d be really interested to read it. Turlough was interviewed by local radio station Near.fm about the talk on the 3rd of October. You can listen to this podcast here.
  • While looking for more information about the Camino and the Irish, I found this great article published by HistoryIreland.com from 1998 entitled “The Irish Medieval Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela“. You can read that in full here. It’s very interesting from an Irish point of view.
  • Who remembers writing a thesis in college? It’s one of those things we all have to do and it accounts for a large amount of your final score in your final year. I certainly remember mine..I’d rather forget it actually :). I have found a thesis on the subject of the Camino published online. The full title is “In Defence of the Realm : Mobility, Modernity and Community on the Camino de Santiagoand it’s fairly detailed. Have a read when you get some time. It was published in 2007 but may not as up to date as today.
  • And finally, I am taking my new rucksack out on her maiden voyage. Hopefully I will get to climb one of the many hills in Wicklow, depending on the weather that is. The more climbs I get before my Camino Ingles, the better.

 

 

9 thoughts on “The Irish and the Camino..

  1. I actually started the El Camino Santiago…it was a tough one but I finished it. It was an amazing experience and certain times I was facing death quite literally. I recommend it though.

  2. Great post ! Disappointed to miss the talk on Cabra but great to get the podcast. Many thanks for the link 👍
    I’m gearing up for the Inglès myself also ( Sept 2017) and then on to repeat my 2011 walk out to Fisterra and Muxia. I’ve downloaded Johnnie Walkers great guide from the CSJ and the CI is definitely no stroll in the park that’s for sure ! Not as many Albergue options either so might have to book some small Hostals. I might even prebook my accommodation in advance !!! Takes away the spontaneity element but means I could really walk at a more relaxed pace not stressing about where I might get a bed.The old knees will shortly be celebrating their 55th birthday so they might appreciate a leisurely pace ! What’s your thoughts ?
    Enjoy the Wicklow Way 👍
    P

    • Hi Peader. Glad you liked the post. The talk was fab. It was really interesting and the chap who gave it could talk for hours about it. We all assumed that there was a refugio down in St James St and the Liberties but there is proof that it was in the Pearse street area, where the Stein is. Where the Long Stone pub is. I have JWs guide also. It’s a tough walk alright. I’ll do the pre-booking option as well just to be safe. I have friends on the Inglés also and they are loving it. So I’m getting some tips as they walk along. I’ve been looking at the guide and my initial thoughts would be walking Ferrol – Pontedueme – Betanzos – Presedo – Bruma – Siguiero – Santiago and then to Muxia. So I’ll take 6 days on the CI and then 3 or 4 on to Muxia. The Betanzos to Bruma stage has 2 steep climbs so I’ll cut it in half. Might be a wise choice.

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