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St Declan’s Way – Walking Festival

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St Declan’s Way – Walking Festival 10AM start leaves Cashel 24th – Cahi.r About 2 miles south of Cashel and just east of St. Declan’s Way is Rathnadrinna ring fort.  Major archaeological excavations are currently taking place here to unearth the secrets of this massive prehistoric structure.

25th Cahir to Ardfinnan crossing the 8-arched bridge – stunning stretch of walk.

26th Ardfinnan to Lismore with medieval-food stopover on the Waterford side of the Sugarloaf (Reanabarna bridge) – then on to Lismore – tunes and story-telling in the Heritage Centre.
Saturday 27th at 09:45 I will give a short talk on the history and legacy of the Way (and a tiny bit about the man himself) and the walk will start at the ‘Spout’ and follow the river to the round hill and thence to Cappoquin bridge and through Cappoquin village to Dromana Bridge and on to Aglish. (Bus back to Lismore for cars/B&B)
Sunday 28th Walkers are bussed back to Aglish and they walk from there to Ardmore to join in with the Ardmore Pattern  (
St Declan's symbol.

St Declan’s shield – reliquary – thought to cure cattle.

We know much about St. Declan’s Way thanks to the research of Rev. Canon Patrick Power (1862-1951).  A native of Ballygunner in Waterford, he was a noted scholar and antiquarian and the first Professor of Archaeology at UCC.

If you would like to familiarise yourself with the route of St. Declan’s Way in advance of the walk, it can be viewed on Google Maps.

Knockmealdown (KMD) Active site;

Details/maps/articles and family fun; KMD-Active/walks/st-declans-way-walk-ardmore-to-cashel/

KMD Vee (Waterford) ; Facebook/Knockmealdown Vee/

Holy clearance.

Following an intensive clearance the way was opened again for pilgrims – and others too.

Part of the Ballygalane section of St Declan’s Way Pilgrim’s Route,



About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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