The title of my novel, ‘The Cross Of Santiago‘, of course comes from the beautiful city of Santiago in Northern Spain. The ‘Camino de Santiago’ (or the way of St. James) has been a very important pilgrimage route in Europe since the middle ages and is as popular today with walking pilgrims as it ever was. It is said that the remains of the apostle Saint James were discovered near there and are now enshrined in Santiago’s great cathedral.
To mark Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland this year, two entrepreneurs are starting the ‘Saint Patrick’s Camino’, Ireland’s answer to El Camino in Spain.
The self-guided walking trail takes in the Mourne Mountains from Faughart, Co Louth (the birthplace of St Brigid) to Downpatrick, Co Down (where she is buried alongside St Patrick). The route will eventually stretch from Downpatrick to Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo.
I think it’s a fantastic idea, and something I really hope to do myself at some point. Granted, the weather might leave a lot to be desired, but we have so much history on our Ireland – on both sides of the border – that are just waiting to be discovered.
You can read the Irish Times article in full here.