Revival of marine pilgrim route
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.