United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough


10th September

2017 Camino de Glendalough

All are welcome to come and join us on Sunday September 10.
2017 Camino de Glendalough - All are welcome to come and join us on Sunday September 10.

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 can 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 and those who undertake the full camino will receive their medals there.

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.

A special booklet was compiled to assist reflection during the day. It can be downloaded the Camino de Glendalough page on this website.

The time table for the day 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.