Re­vival of marine pil­grim route

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The Span­ish am­bas­sador José Car­va­jal, and the naval train­ing ship the As­gard II will to­day take part in cer­e­monies tomark the re­vival of a me­dieval sea and walk­ing pil­grim­age from Din­gle, Co Kerry, to the Span­ish town of San­ti­ago de Com­postela.

Twenty-nine Kerry pil­grims will leave Din­gle on a fully-crewed Jeanie John­ston replica Famine ship ac­com­pa­nied by the As­gard II at about 4pm. They are ex­pected in La Coruña on Sun­day.

The Féile na Beal­taine arts fes­ti­val will be launched on the Jeanie John­ston to­day.

The pro­ceed­ings be­gin early this morn­ing and in­clude Mass.

Am­bas­sador de Car­va­jal will un­veil a plaque at the spot tra­di­tion­ally known as the Span­ish pier.

In Spain the west Kerry town was known as “el Din­gle de San­ti­ago”, he said.

The camino de San­ti­ago to the sup­posed burial place of the apos­tle at the tomb of St James the Elder in the cathe­dral in San­ti­ago was one of the­most pop­u­lar pil­grim routes, reach­ing its peak in the 12th cen­tury and out­do­ing Jerusalem and Rome.

Din­gle was one of the few Ir­ish towns with a church of St James, and the parish priest of Din­gle was one of only a hand­ful in Ire­land au­tho­rised to stamp a pil­grim’s pass­port.

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