“Camp Creideamh goes on St Declan’s Way” is a 4-day walking pilgrimage for teenagers, boys and girls, age 13 to 18 yoa.
Beginning (Drop Off by parents): Sunday 21st Aug 2022, 6pm, at Glencomeragh House, Kilsheelan, Co. Tipperary, E91 H584.
End (Pick Up by parents): Thursday 25th Aug 2022, 6pm, outside St Declan’s Catholic Church, Main St, Ardmore, Co Waterford, P36 EE04.
The pilgrimage is being led by Fr Eamon Roche who will be present throughout and has chief responsibility for the running of the pilgrimage.
Overall cost per child: 120 Euro (includes accommodation, food and coach links).
St. Declan’s Way is a walking route linking the ancient Christian centres of Cashel in County Tipperary and Ardmore in County Waterford. The route crosses the Knockmealdown Mountains. The route passes mainly through undulating farmland, woodland, hills and country roads. More info here www.stdeclansway.ie. Note: In our 4 days we will walk 80km (averaging 20 km per day and omitting just 16km of the overall trail because of time constraints). Our route takes in the Rock of Cashel, Mount Melleray Abbey, Lismore Castle and Ardmore Round Tower and Hermitage.
Our days on pilgrimage will include Daily Mass, Rosary and historical talks on Christian heritage. Fun activities will be held in the evenings.
What to bring: Clothing to last for 4 days. Very good runners or walking shoes. New footwear should be broken-in already. A very light knapsack. A lunchbox. A light raincoat. Baseball cap. Sun tan lotion. Water Bottle. Night clothes. Bed sheets for a single bed. Sleeping bag (or blankets or quilt), pillow and pillow case. Towel(s). Bathroom stuff. Whatever musical instrument you can play. Rosary Beads (we have spares if you come without). There is no need to bring high-viz vests as these will be supplied to all participants.
Our leaders-to-teenager ratio will be 1:6. Because some stretches of the trail are on country roads, Road Safety procedures and training will be of paramount importance. High-viz vests will be supplied to all participants. Our leaders will have leadership experience, will be garda-vetted and will receive training on the safety aspects of the pilgrimage.
Accommodation and meals will be at Glencomeragh House, Kilsheealan. Each day a hired coach will bring us to the next stage of the walk and bring the group back to Glencomeragh House after the walk.