Ireland takes on Camino as destination for spiritual tourism

Rebranding of ancient pilgrim paths and improved signage sees visitor numbers improve tenfold

24th March, 2017
The summit of Cnoc na dTobar outside Caherciveen in Co Kerry

John G O'Dwyer, national chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland, says that Ireland's ancient routes are at least 1,000 years older that Spain's famous Santiago de Compostela - also known as The Way of Saint James.

"But every one of the Irish paths is much much older than Camino. These are christianised paths, originally trodden by pagans in the pre-patrician era going back to the time of Christ.

"Our vision is to restore these paths to the...

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