St. James Church has had a link to Santiago de Compostella going back to the year 1220.
The year of 2016 marked the 800th Anniversary of this connection.
Pilgrims embarked from St. James Gate to the shrine of St James in northern Spain. That link continues today from this Church of St. James (feastday 25th July) and the work of the Camino Society.
CAMINO NA SÁILE
To celebrate this connection four brave men set out from Dublin on Friday, May the 24th 2014 and rowed in a Currach, the Naomh Gobnait from Ireland to Spain. The name of the Traditional boat is the Naomhoig NA Tinte.
Dómhnall Mac Síthigh, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Breandan Ó Muircheartaigh, and Liam Holden.
The four rowers following the route of Irish Pilgrims arrived in Santiago on June 26th 2016, where members of the Camino Society celebrated with them and congratulated them on undertaking this perilous journey that many of our ancestors took.
We followed them on Facebook. Camino by sea – A Voyage from Dublin to Spain
WELL DONE – Danny Aidan Liam and Brendan.
Danny Sheehy, a member of this brave crew died after his boat capsized at the mouth of the Minho river between Spain and Portugal on Friday 9th June 2017. RIP Danny – Forever in our Hearts here in “Jambo”.
Passports are available in the Sacristy (9:00 am to 12 noon Monday to Friday) or in the Camino Centre and are stamped as the first part of the Pilgrimage to Compostella. Visit www.caminosociety.ie for more information.