The second Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage started in Faughart in Co Louth on Saturday 28 June and will finish on Sunday 6 July in Brigid’s Monastic City in Kildare writes Paula Campbell.
Ireland’s answer to the Camino de Santiago, Brigid’s Way will 70 miles over nine days from June 28 to July 6.
Brigid’s Way is an alignment of ancient and sacred sites in Ireland which stretches from Brigid’s Well in Faughart, County Louth to Kildare.
The pilgrimage will wind its way through many sacred places including Donadea Forest and ending up in Kildare Town on Sunday.
Founded by Karen Ward, holistic psychotherapist and author and Dolores Whelan, spiritual teacher and author, the opening of this ancient pilgrimage route honours Brigid, Goddess and Celtic Christian saint, who has strong likes to Kildare.
This initiative was inspired by a strong desire to revive the ancient art of pilgrimage, a spiritual practice central to the indigenous spiritual traditions of this land.
Behind it was also the capacity to awaken people to the consciousness of St Brigid.
The route meanwhile was discovered by Anthony Murphy and Richard Moore during research for their book ‘Island of the Setting Sun’.