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National Pilgrim Paths Day, April 19th

Published: 9th April 2014

The first National Pilgrim Paths Day is on Easter Saturday, the 19th April. The event is aimed at raising awareness of the country’s network of pilgrim routes, providing a more general appreciation of Ireland’s medieval Christian heritage.

In Offaly the Pilgrims’ route travelled along the esker ridges from Ballycumber to Clonmacnoise. This has recently been developed as a cycle route as it is all on road – however it can be walked if you wish. To celebrate National Pilgrim Paths Day on April 19th there is the choice of three events taking place– a walk, a cycle and a bog walk all culminating in a visit to Clonmacnoise and an optional interdenominational service.


Pilgrim Path Walk - Ballinahown to Clonmacnoise Pilgrim Path Walk.
This walk is 10km and will leave Ballinahown village, Co.Westmeath at 12.00 noon to arrive in Clonmacnoise at 3.00pm.The walk is all along public roadways. There is a coffee shop in Ballinahown for refreshments prior to the walk.


Pilgrim Cycle - Ballycumber to Clonmacnoise
This cycle is 24.5km. You can pre-book your bikes with Pat Barrett 086 8895194, who will give you your bike in Ballycumber and collect the bikes at Clonmacnoise. The cycle will leave Ballycumber village at 1.00pm, arriving in Clonmacnoise at approx. 3.00pm.


At 4.30pm a bus will leave Clonmacnoise to bring walkers and cyclists back to Ballinahown and to Ballycumber. Please book a place on the bus with Ann Lanigan (087 7749281 or annlanigan@laoispartnership.ie) before April 17th. Cost €5.


Pilgrim Path Walk across the Bog

This walk is around 16km and will leave Clonbonny, outside Athlone, at 10.00am to walk across the bog to Clonmacnoise. For more information about this walk and to book a place on the bus back to Clonbonny call Fred Carney (087 2128842) before April 17th. For this walk you will need strong walking boots/shoes. Bring a rucksack with waterproof clothing, water/picnic lunch.

Tour and Interdenominational Service

There is no charge for participants arriving at Clonmacnoise Visitor Centre on the 19th. At 3.00pm there will be an optional guided tour of Clonmacnoise. An inter-denominational service for walkers and cyclist pilgrims will be held at 3.30pm for half an hour.There is a coffee shop in Clonmacnoise.

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