BRIGID’S WAY 9 DAY PILGRIMAGE FAUGHART – KILDARE
JULY 1ST TO JULY 9TH 2017
Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage passes through some beautiful and sacred Irish landscapes from Dundalk to Kildare. This alignment of sacred sites reflects the Cygnus (Swan) constellation which was prominent in the skies at the time of Brigid’s birth in the 5th Century AD and is its reflection on earth of a heavenly configuration. It may have formed an ancient “sightline”, pointing out the place on the northern horizon where the cross-shaped swan constellation (Cygnus) was rising in ancient times.
By following Brigid’s footsteps and those of our ancestors, this ancient Brigid pilgrim pathway between heaven and earth it seeks to remember and reactivate and reconnect people with the sacredness of the land in Ireland. For details on the origins of this pilgrimage see Origins of Brigids Way
The alignment passes through many sacred sites and beautiful Irish landscape from Faughart to Kildare including the Hill of Slane and the Hill of Tara, Brideswell, near Kilcock, Donadea Forest Park, the Grand Canal between Robertstown and Milltown, Pollardstown Fen and the Curragh of Kildare.
Starting on the 1st of July, this year Dolores Whelan and a team of volunteers will host and facilitate the complete 9 day pilgrimage from Brigid’s Holy well at Faughart, near Dundalk in Co. Louth, ending in Brigid’s Monastic City Kildare on the 9th July. The Brigid of Faughart Festival Team will facilitate Day 1 of the pilgrimage. Other guests will join us along the way and facilitate different aspects of the pilgrimage.
On this Pilgrimage Brigid will inspire a sense of soul and adventure in each of us as we walk courageously on her pathway embracing the Art of Pilgrimage during the of Brigid’s Way to:
- Ponder on our life’s journey
- Shed what no longer serves us
- Dream in a bright and soulful future
Whether you know her as a Saint or Goddess, she will bless us and guide us into our soul’s destiny and we invite you to join us on this wonderful spiritual journey beneath her mantle.
the way of the Pilgrim is twofold
Exterior and interior, the simultaneous movement of feet and the soul through time as well as space”
Phil Cousineau The Art of Pilgrimage
Karen Ward (co founder of Brigid’s Way) is taking time out to complete her Ph.D thesis and will be back next year. We wish her every success.
We, in Brigid’s Way, understand that this is a big commitment for anyone to make and it may not be possible for you to walk it all this year. So we invite you to consider walking a significant part of the pilgrimage, especially Day 1 at Faughart and Day 9 Walking into Kildare Click here for details. For a more substantial pilgrimage experience you might consider walking the 4 days from Faughart to the Hill of Tara or the 5 days from the Hill of Tara to Kildare
For full details of the routes please click here.
Cost: Brigid’s Way is a voluntary group. The facilitation fee (which is €25 per day or €225 for 9 days) covers the cost of the administration of the pilgrimage, including arranging accommodation, meals, transporting luggage, support cars etc. and the expenses for the facilitators of the pilgrimage. A support car will accompany the Pilgrimage on all road routes. For people who join us for one day only and do not require us to book accommodation or meals for them, the fee is €15 per day.
Some concessions are available if these fees are a barrier to you joining us please contact us and we will see how best to meet your needs.
Deposit & Payment: If you are booking the 9 day Pilgrimage a NON Refundable deposit of €75 is required. For 5 days a NON Refundable deposit of €50 and for 4 days a Non Refundable deposit of €40.
You can pay via Paypal click here (Paypal charges a 3.5% fee so please add this to the amount you are paying, e.g. if you paying €75 you would have to send €77.65)
EFT (email for Bank details) or send a cheque/Postal Order to Dolores Whelan, An Cuige, Ravensdale, Dundalk, Co.Louth A91K299
We look forward to walking with you on Brigid’s Way, an ancient path between heaven and earth and awakening the deep spiritual energies of this ancient land.
May Brigid bless your way,
Dolores Whelan on behalf of Brigid’s Way
Thank you for checking into Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage. We appreciate you spreading Brigid’s Cloak far and wide by sharing your knowledge of her Way and traditions.
Enjoy our video below from our first pilgrimage in 2013.