So its been just over 6 months since I finished my first Camino walking from France (St. Jean Pied-de-Port) to Santiago, Finnisterre, and then on to Portugal (Valenca). On the pilgrimage I was surprised to find such a large number of Irish. While walking through Spain I gradually fell in love with the walk for many reasons. But most of all I found it to be a spiritual journey that enabled me to get to know myself better and become more sensitive to the beauty of the entire world; nature and people.
Anyway, I am currently walking my Irish Camino, 600 kilometers from Dublin to Dursey Island in West Cork. The first part of the walk was the Wicklow Way. At the end of the 135 kilometer walk, my Camino buddy, John Nolan, picked me up and took me into Wexford for the night. On the way we stopped in Enniscorthy and drove to the top of Vinegar Hill where there is a monument that was built in 1989 honoring the Wexford Rising of 1798. Notable for us as John built this monument. His company makes most of the tombs and monuments in Wexford County.
John treated me to a nice lunch at his local pub, The Porterhouse in Castlebridge. The fish and chips was perhaps the best Ive had anywhere. We then had a few pints at Undertakers Pub in Wexford. In came Mick, who I last saw with John at dinner in Muxia, Spain near the end of our Camino’s. John then dropped me off at St. John’s B&B and insisted that it was all takencare of and if I tried to pay they would punch me out. He then picked me up the next morning and dropped me off at the start of the second leg of my Irish Camino, Kildavin at the beginning of the South Leinster Way.
What a great Camino reunion and such a good friend. Amazing the quality of people you meet on the Camino. In fact John and Mick were the 9th and 10th Camino buddies I’ve met with in Ireland since arriving here April 23. More to come…..
Buen Camino John.