Xhale

Killeavy Camino

 

We will walk in the footsteps of one of Ireland’s first female saints, Moninne on 24th September to raise funds for the Southern Area Hospice Services.

In 450, Moninne left the Hill of Faughart to found a church on the foothills of Slieve Gullion.  This is now called Killeavy (church of the mountain). Ring of Gullion Ambassadors and Tour Guides Ann Ward and Venora Hovelt will lead this special 10 mile guided walk.  Our sacred Camino begins with magnificent views and a tour of the sacred sites of Faughart. This was home to St Bridget who was a great mentor to Moninne.  We meander across beautiful roaming country roads for 5 miles within the spectacular Ring of Gullion. Please bring a packed lunch for our halfway resting point at the Three Steps pub where there will be compimentary tea and coffee. You will also be able to refill your water here.  Our pilgrim walk continues across the side of Slieve Gullion and through the cooling forest.  At the courtyard we will have a comfort break.

On the final leg of the journey, we will pass Killeavy Castle on our way to Killeavy Old Churches. We follow an ancient path up to a pre-christian holy well dedicated to Moninne after her death in 518. Ann’s Grandfather helped to build the shrine in 1929 and her Mums birthplace is just below the holy well.

We rest here and breathe in the panoramic view of Killeavy. After our descent, we will be transported back to Faughart, kindly supported by Frontier taxis.

Special notes for guests 

When booking please advise us of any health conditions or mobility issues.

Part of the route is steep and may be slippy. Wear warm, comfortable walking gear including walking boots.  Bring a small rucksack with a packed lunch, plenty of  water (and a small empty bottle if would like holy water from the sacred well) and snacks, waterproofs, walking poles, (if possible), sun cream, extra layers.

Accommodation

If you require accommodation, there is something to suit everyone here.