St. Declan's Way 2022

St. Declan's Way 2022

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St Declan's Monastery

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Arguably the most famous pilgrimage route in Ireland, St. Declan’s Way is well-deserving of its nickname, the ‘Irish Camino’.

About this event

A challenging 92 kilometre spiritual trek in scenic southeast Ireland. Join us this August in retracing the footsteps of St. Declan from his resting place in Ardmore to the town of Cashel. Concludes with Mass in the ruins of Hore Abbey.

  • Option 1: 3-days, 92k, 19-21 August. Lodging, food, transportation, & medical assistance provided. Cost: €80 if you register by 7th July; €100 thereafter. No registration after 5th August.
  • Option 2: 1 day, (between 16 and 42k). BYO and register for free. Or €5 to register with lunch included.

Lodging. Community halls are at our disposal so you will need a sleeping bag and ground mat. Some beds are available and these will be allocated according to need. NB. Due to safeguarding policies, it is no longer possible for minors (under 18) to be accommodated overnight by the pilgrimage organisation.

Food. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided including a picnic after 12.30pm Mass at Hore Abbey in Cashel at the conclusion of the pilgrimage. You must however provide your own cup, plate, cutlery, snacks and a bottle of water (see kit list below) – there will be opportunities to refill your bottle along the way.

Luggage. All personal luggage will be transported during the day. You should carry a small rucksack during the day however and rain gear. Full kit list can be found below.


Friday: All pilgrims who are not travelling directly to Ardmore, are asked to park their vehicles in the Walsh’s carpark (Eircode E25 AR23) in Cashel and take the 5.30am bus which departs in front of the Minogue furniture shop (E25 FH99) for Ardmore. The pilgrimage begins with 7.30am Mass at St. Declan's Monastery in Ardmore.

Sunday: After 12.30pm Mass in Hore Abbey in Cashel, drivers will be ferried by to the Walsh’s carpark to collect their cars. For anyone who is being collected directly from Hore Abbey, please direct your lift to the carpark at: (it is new and not on google maps yet).

Registration. If you are under 18, your parent/guardian must register you and sign a parental authorisation form. You will be unable to participate in the pilgrimage without this. By signing the authorisation form, parents designate a responsible adult for their child if they will not be attending themselves and agree to take their children off site overnight. A responsible adult must be at least 21 years old and must not be responsible for more than two minors.

For further information, please email:

SDW Kit List

  1. Big rucksack/suitcase for most of luggage: this piece of luggage goes in the back of the support vehicle during the day and should be labelled

- sleeping bag

- ground mat

- blister patches/sterilised safety pins for popping blisters/plasters

- socks (a thin pair (like thousand-mile socks) under a thick pair or simply a good thick pair by themselves).

- clothes: wear stuff that dries easily (sports t-shirts etc), jersey material denim!

- well broken in walking shoes or runners (NOT a pair that you buy a month before). You need to have walked at least 50 miles in a new pair of walking shoes (less if you wear trainers). Get plenty of walking done in the 2 months run up to the pilgrimage if you can (three or four 5 mile walks per week at least) - the pilgrimage is very tough: 110km in three days – and can lead to chronic injuries if not adequately prepared for.

- towel

- flip flops

- plastic bags (for wet/dirty clothes)

- tissues/toiletries/gel hand wash/rosary beads/mobile/wallet/ /alarm clock/after sun cream

2. Small rucksack: for carrying your necessities during the day:

- light rain coat or cape (a poncho is ideal for covering your rucksack as well as yourself unless you have a waterproof covering for your rucksack - also good for sitting on during breaks)

-an extra pair of socks

-Your own first aid kit to include blister patches/duct tape and Diarolyte to replenish electrolytes. The pilgrimage first aid service is to be availed of only in emergencies.

- fleece/bandana (it can be really cold in the morning)

- snacks

- bottle for water (we will refill this when we can along the way) – we recommend you drink approximately 2L per day.

- sun hat (we don't want anybody getting sunstroke; and yes, this can happen in Ireland!)

- sun cream

- wipes

-some cash for payments on the way – we have two stops where food is provided for a donation (one Friday morning and one Saturday morning)

-small camping chairs to sit on during the breaks (optional)

3. Snacks:

- Some ideas: chocolate, nuts (salted ones are the best to option to replace the bodily salts you will be losing), raisins (or choc or yoghurt coated), sweets, fruit compotes, apples.

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