The pilgrims of St Brigid’s Way, a nine day walk between St Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart, Co Louth and St Brigid’s monastic city in Kildare town, arrived tired but happy at their final destination on Sunday.
They came from the four corners of the earth to walk the 70 miles in this year’s Irish ‘camino’.
The pilgrimage is now in its second year and was launched in 2013 as part of the Brigidine Sisters’ Feile Bride festival.
Dolores Whelan and Karen Ward, who both had the idea for Slí Bhride, spoke of how in Brigid’s time people were more connected to the earth.
“This year’s pilgrimage was a deeper experience than last years,” said Dolores.
“Last year was an adventure, but this year for the 30 to 40 of us on the pilgrimage it was more of a laying down of tradition.
“It is also a way that young people can connect to the spirituality of the country through the beauty and the sacredness of the earth.”
The pilgrims came from Canada, America, Brazil, Australia, Poland and the UK to follow in St Brigid’s footsteps.
“It was fantastic,” said Karen. “Brigidine Sisters Mary and Rita greeted us in Kildare Town while Sr Phil had walked with us. There was so much good will throughout the walk.
“When we walked through Slane the local Shaman met us and drummed us up the hill and washed our tired feet. Then a Druid of the Hill of Tara welcomed us when we arrived there.
“When we arrived in Donadea Forest Park on Friday the friends of the forest put on a forest feast for us and then to walk on and finally see the Curragh of Kildare which is so much a part of St Brigid’s legend – that was very special.
“We are already looking forward to next year’s walk.”