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Glendalough Camino

The annual Dublin and Glendalough diocesan pilgrimage, the Glendalough Camino, will take place on Saturday 14 September. Pilgrims taking part can choose to walk the full route from Hollywood to Glendalough or follow a number of shorter trails during the day. The pilgrimage has traditionally taken place on a Sunday but has been moved to a Saturday this year following feedback from clergy of the dioceses. The new day will facilitate clergy taking part in this diocesan event with their parishioners.

The Glendalough Camino connects two churches at either end of St Kevin’s Way – St Kevin’s Church in Hollywood and St John’s Church in Laragh. For those planning to follow the full 30 kilometre Camino along St Kevin’s Way, there will be a Pilgrims’ Blessing in the ancient pilgrim church of St Kevin in Hollywood at 9am on Saturday morning. They should allow six hours to complete the route. Throughout the day pilgrims will be facilitated to take shorter journeys with a mini bus being laid on to transport people from St John’s Church in Laragh, which is at the Glendalough end of the route, to the Wicklow Gap at regular intervals.

All participants on all the routes are invited to attend the short closing service which takes place at the stone ring fort on the shores of the Upper Lake in Glendalough at 5pm. A bus will be provided to bring people back to Hollywood at about 5.30pm. Those wishing to avail of this service must register and provide contact details before departing from St Kevin’s Church in the morning.

St Kevin’s Way is one of the recognised Celtic Camino routes and those planning to walk the Camino de Santiago can get their Camino Passports stamped at the beginning and the end of the day to count towards the completion of their Compostela.

For a detailed timetable and updates, see the diocesan website at and on Facebook.

Tomorrow (Sunday) in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the Choir of Great St Mary’s church, Cambridge, will sing at the 11am Sung Eucharist and at the 3.30pm Evensong. Returning to Christ Church will be Mr Fred Deane who succeeds the late, and greatly loved Freddie McKeown, as Dean’s Vicar. In Co. Cork, at 4pm, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton, will preside and the Choir of St Fin Barre’s cathedral will sing  at a service to celebrate the  bicentenary of St Senan’s church, Inniscarra.   

At 8pm on Thursday ‘Music in Calary’, in Calary parish church Co. Wicklow, will feature Mia Cooper (violin), Beth McNinch (viola) and Bill Butt (Cello) from Musici Ireland in  a concert which will include Reger’s String Trio 77b and the Mozart String Trio KV563. Tickets, which are €18 and €15 for concessions, are available from John on (01) 281 8146 or by emailing derekneilson@eircom.net

On Friday a new series of lunchtime lectures, at 1.10pm, begins in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, which will highlight recent research on the cathedral in 21st century dictionaries and encyclopedias. The opening talk on Art and Architecture of Ireland will be given by the architectural historian, Professor Rachel Moss from Trinity College, Dublin. Subsequent speakers will be musicologist Kerry Houston (DIT), historian Terry Clavin (RIA) and digital scholar Rebecca O’Neill (Wikipedia).

Notice has been given that on Monday 16 September the Annual General Meeting of the Sunday School Society of Ireland will be held at 12noon in Church of Ireland House, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

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