A pilgrim walk is being held in honour of Saint Oliver Plunkett to mark the 350th anniversary of his appointment as Archbishop of Armagh.

Beginning on Sunday 7 July at Saint Peter’s, Drogheda, the shrine of the relics of Saint Oliver Plunkett. Over the course of three days, the pilgrimage will make its way north until it reaches Armagh on 9 July.

Speaking on the pilgrimage, Monsignor James Carroll said “There’s been a recovery of the medieval tradition of ‘walking pilgrimage’. We experience it both at home and abroad. We are now reviving ancient pilgrim routes which connect us with our ancestors in the ways of faith. This pilgrim walk from Drogheda to Armagh speaks into this present day revival whilst honouring the witness of Saint Oliver – as well as martyrs of past, present and future.”

The arrival of the pilgrimage in Armagh will coincide with the unveiling of a new statue of Saint Oliver Plunkett in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

Archbishop Eamon Martin will welcome over one hundred pilgrims as they arrive in Armagh.

The walk will be broken into 10km relays and will amount to 100km in total. Pilgrims can join at any relay station along the 100km route.

Pilgrimage route:

Sunday 7 July

10.45hrs National Shrine of St. Oliver, St. Peter’s, Church Drogheda – Prayer Service
12.15hrs Papal Cross, Killineer – Pause for Prayer
13.30hrs Valley Inn on old main road. – Pause for Prayer – (Change over)
14.15hrs Pierce’s Inn Dunleer, i.e. Outside Bradley’s Chemist – Pause for Prayer
16.00hrs Castlebellingham Green – Pause for Prayer – (Change over)
16,30hrs Dromiskin Church – Pause for Prayer
19.30hrs Ardpatrick near Louth Village – Evening Mass

Monday 8 July

10.30hrs Ardpatrick Parish Church
Via Knockbridge Church – Pause for Prayer
12.30hrs Ballybarrack – Prayer Service – (Change over)
Mount Av. & Mill Rd. Junction at St. Louis Convent & Castle – Pause for Prayer
Via Mill Road – St. Joseph’s Church – Pause for Prayer
16.00hrs Ballsmill Rd. Jct. with Glassdrummond Rd. – Pause for Prayer – (Change over)
Through Silverbridge – Via Drumalt Road(NE & parallel to A29)
18.30hrs Blykes Inn on Bonds Road -Turn onto the 2nd Bonds Rd. Junction off Drumalt Rd.

On short cul-de-sac on Bonds Rd – Prayer Service
20.00hrs Church of St. Oliver Plunkett, Dorsey – Evening Mass

Tuesday 9 July

11.30hrs Blykes Inn – On short cul-de-sac on Bonds Rd. – Pause for Prayer
13.30hrs St. Michael’s Church, Newtownhamilton – Pause for Prayer – Change over) 16.00hrs Corran Hall, Newtownhamilton Road – Pause for Prayer – (Change over)
16.30hrs St. Patrick’s Church Ballymacnab – Pause for Prayer
18.30hrs St. Malachy’s Church, Armagh – Pause for Prayer
19.30hrs St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Mass & Unveiling Ceremony of St. Oliver Statue

Please be advised that times of the Pilgrim Walk may vary to address the unforeseen and varying weather conditions.

ENDS