Thousands of overseas visitors from the USA and Australia are expected to tread Ireland’s National Pilgrim Paths during 2015.
Ireland’s National Pilgrim Paths Day, on April 4th 2015 next, is aimed at raising more awareness of Ireland’s wide network of national pilgrim routes. Large numbers of overseas visitors are expected to arrive to retrace their often ancestral heritage this coming Easter Weekend; to join in celebrating Ireland’s second ‘National Pilgrim Paths Day’.
This new Easter Festival will see a nationwide series of non-denominational, pilgrim walks taking place on Ireland’s medieval penitential trails.
On Pilgrim Paths Day, events will take place on each of Ireland’s 12 Medieval Pilgrim Paths including the 3 pilgrim paths to be found here in County Tipperary. The paths to be found within easy travelling distance of Lisheen Castle are Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop [Driving Time 36 min (29.3 km) via R503] (Information, phone 062 78103), St Declan’s Way [Driving Time 24 min (24.2 km) via M8 and N62] (Information, phone 086 3541700) and Holycross Pilgrim Path [Driving Time 15 min (11.0 km) via R660] (Information, phone 087 7962177).
Knowledgeable, specialist Heritage Guides from these three Tipperary communities are available to lead at each of these venues, while also outlining the history of the route and explaining how medieval penitents coped with their particular, often arduous journeys.
For full details of all pilgrim walks both in Tipperary and indeed nationwide; take time to visit; www. pilgrimpath.ie