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Each of Ireland’s pilgrim paths is an ancient tóchar
(‘camino’ or causeway) into the world of Celtic spirituality. In this
walking-pace travelogue, set against a backdrop of spectacular
scenery in every corner of Ireland, Darach MacDonald, a
modern-day pilgrim, recounts his trials and tribulations following in
the footsteps of the ancients along prescribed paths, ranging from
hikes of a few hours’ duration to day-long treks and the three-day
ordeal in St Patrick’s Purgatory.
This is an exploration of the magical soul of Celtic Christianity,
written from the perspective of a struggling, ‘à la carte’ Irish
Catholic. The result is a narrative that is by times uplifting, by times
uncomfortable, but always engaging and honest. While there
are pilgrimage prayers along the tóchar, as well as historical
background on the places once revered throughout Christendom,
there are also pints in pleasant pubs and a diverse range of
literary references, anecdotes and personal reflections on faith,
morality and religious practice, offered in a spontaneous and
unselfconscious spirit.

Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 3 June 2020
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781848407787 Categories: , , Tags: , ,

Ireland's Pilgrim Paths : Walking the Ancient Trails


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