Irish Camino challenge


Up for both a physical and spiritual challenge this summer? Then join us walking the inaugural Irish Men’s Camino Challenge, organised by the Irish Jesuits. We will walk the Tochar Phadraig pilgrim path from Ballintubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick in County Mayo over the August bank holiday weekend. We hope to complete the other four ‘Irish Camino’ routes over a number of years, collecting a stamp on the pilgrim passport each time (see

The key elements of the challenge are:

  • Walking 15 to 20k per day
  • Simple lifestyle – sleeping indoors on floor in sleeping bags and on mats
  • Community – walking in solidarity with others
  • Ignatian Spirituality – times of silence / prayer with scripture / sharing / noticing and following God in our lives / liturgies
  • A place for men to be able to share about their challenges, hopes and fears, using the Ignatian method of reflecting on experience.

Eligible: Men aged 18 to 35, max 20 places, resident in Ireland.
Cost: €100 waged; €75 to students or unwaged.
Contact: Mobile (089) 989 1181. Email: [email protected]
Dates: 2-5th August 2019.

We will meet in Ballintubber on the evening of the 2nd August. Accommodation is basic so a sleeping bag and a sleeping mat are required. Hiking gear, boots and waterproofs will also be required to walk the estimated 15 km per day; we will climb Croagh Patrick on the 4th August, weather permitting, and celebrate mass together in the chapel on the top.

There will be an evening briefing before the event to bring everyone up to speed, meet each other and check they have the necessary gear. This will be held in Manresa Retreat House, Dollymount, Dublin on 25th July at 7 pm.

Expression of interest

If you would like to express your interested in the Camino Challenge, you can do so by phone, email or use the form provided below.

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