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Tuesday, 21st May 2019

Camino Voyage link with Drogheda

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Building on the success of the Drogheda Walks maps, the Boyne Valley Walking group are delighted to present a screening of the documentary film “The Camino Voyage” as a fundraiser to continue other local walking projects.

These projects include the distinct possibility that Drogheda will become part of the official Camino to A Coruna. More details will be revealed on the night.

“The Camino Voyage” which won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Dingle Film Festival, follows a crew including a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason as they embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain.

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This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage that, in the words of the poet and crew member Danny Sheehy, took “sweat, blood and blisters to complete, while deepening and renewing friendships, creativity and spirituality in the process”.

Setting sail in their own handmade traditional boat, called a ‘Naomhóg’, against the backdrop of the vast ocean, Danny and his crew share music, stories and wise words. Joyously adventurous and profoundly ennobled by the task, this eclectic crew shared a remarkable journey.

Danny who was the Leader of the voyage, was a woodwork teacher in Drogheda Tech in the 80s and was well known and loved before moving back to his beloved Kerry.

THE CAMINO VOYAGE - A 2,500 km MODERN DAY CELTIC ODYSSEY from Anú Pictures on Vimeo.

Drogheda's link to A Coruna

Traditionally, Camino pilgrims started their journey from their own homes and various Camino de Santiago routes developed over time crossing most of Europe. The Camino Ingles, or English Camino, was the route preferred by Irish and British pilgrims on their way to Santiago, as well as other pilgrims from northern Europe. Pilgrims would take a boat from the main ports in their countries and land in the North of Spain to continue their journey. One of the starting points on this Camino route is A Coruña, in Galicia.

In medieval times pilgrims travelled long distances to Drogheda from all over the North East and Midlands before embarking for A Coruña in North Eastern Spain.  In Drogheda it is understood that there was a hostel/hospital catering for the pilgrims by providing shelter and rest while they waited for the ships. It was located near the town walls on the southern side of the river in what is now the Scotch Hall area. Reference is made to Drogheda as a departure point in Dr Bernadette Cunningham’s book, ‘Medieval Irish pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela’.

Drogheda port was a popular departure point for those who trekked a route now known as the Camino Ingles These pilgrimages were at their peak from the 13th to 16th centuries before the reformation of the church and the various European wars that hindered.

The film will be screened in Droichead Arts Centre on Friday 24th May at 8.00 pm

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