Emmanuel Kehoe on TV: The uplifting sight of an RTÉ veteran doing the walk of life

Charlie Bird’s courageous ascent up Croagh Patrick in the face of serious illness was the TV event of the week

Charlie Bird reaches the top of Croagh Patrick with his grandchildren, Daniel O’Donnell, Ryan Tubridy and supporters (RTÉ News Now)

With Ireland criss-crossed by paths to sacred or semi-sacred places that might offer solace in times of need, interest in a so-called “Irish Camino” has emerged.

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia exists because the body of apostle St James the Elder is supposed to have arrived there in a boat crewed by angels (or of its own accord) – just the sort of spectacular medieval miracle that makes for, well, a certain permanence. There’s St ...