Members of the Church of Ireland Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough are taking to the hills on Sunday November 6 for the Camino de Glendalough. People from all over Dublin and Glendalough are invited to join the Camino which follows the route of St Kevin’s Way from Hollywood to Laragh. Walkers may choose to undertake the full 30 kilometre journey or can walk sections of St Kevin’s Way and shorter routes around the Monastic City of Glendalough. The day will conclude with an open air service by the Upper Lake in Glendalough at 3.30 pm.
Dublin and Glendalough are celebrating the 800th anniversary of their unification as dioceses this year and the idea for the Camino de Glendalough emerged from an ongoing discipleship project being run by the dioceses. A booklet has been produced to promote reflection and contemplation en route.
The event on November 6 will begin at both ends of St Kevin’s Way with services taking place simultaneously in St Kevin’s Church, Hollywood and St John’s Church, Laragh, at 9.30 am.
Following the service in Hollywood, pilgrims will have the choice of making the 30km journey by foot, bicycle or car. A booklet will be provided to aid the journey. Those who travel by car will be able to stop at certain points in their journey where St Kevin’s Way meets the R756. Walkers should expect to take at least six hours to complete this route.
Those attending St John’s, Laragh, on the day, will be provided with a booklet outlining walks around the Monastic City and along the Green Road. There will also be an opportunity to take a shorter walk along St Kevin’s Way from the Wicklow Gap to Glendalough. This is approximately 12km and will take about two hours to complete. A bus will be provided to take walkers to Wicklow Gap. There are many other opportunities for short walks in the area around the Monastic City.
St John’s, Laragh, will act as an information base on the day and participants are free to join in activities at any time that is suitable to them.
Whatever walk you choose, the day will conclude with a gathering at the Upper Lake in Glendalough for a service of praise and thanksgiving at 3.30 pm.
The booklet to accompany the Camino de Glendalough can be downloaded at: http://dublin.anglican.org/Come-and-C
The time table for the day is:
9:20am: St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood – Pilgrims intending to complete the full St. Kevin’s Way of 30km will be sent out (ἐκβάλλω) by Leonard Ruddock, following a time of prayer and blessing. Please note that the walk is expected to take approximately six hours.
9:30am: St Kevin’s Church, Hollywood – Service of Holy Communion
9:30am: St John’s Church, Laragh – Service of Holy Communion
10:30am: St Kevin’s Church, Hollywood – 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.
10:30am: St John’s Church, Laragh – Refreshments will be served following the service.
11:00am: 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.
12 midday: 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 the St Kevin’s way.
1pm: 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 the St Kevin’s way.
3:30pm: Upper Lake, Glendalough – Pilgrims are invited to gather for an outdoor service of thanksgiving and prayer.
4pm: Upper Lake, Car Park – A minibus will be available to take pilgrims back to Hollywood.
* Please feel free to Come & C at any time throughout the day. The key aim is to be at the Upper Lake at 3:30pm. * The minibus will be available to transport people from Laragh to Glendalough throughout the day.