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.
The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe. Each year over 250,000 people walk to the Cathedral in Santiago which is the burial place of Saint James the Apostle. Walking pilgrims take many routes following in the footsteps of pilgrims of the Middle Ages. The most famous route is the Camino Francés a journey of 778 kilometres from the border of France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Since the 13th Century, Irish Pilgrims have traditionally embarked on their journey from St. James Gate.