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Ballintubber Abbey and Tóchar Phádraig

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The Tóchar Phádraig is one of Ireland’s five medieval pilgrim paths for which walkers, on completion of the five paths, receive the Teastas Oilithreachta (Pilgrim Certificate) from Ballintubber Abbey.

Ballintubber Abbey

Ballintubber Abbey

Last year I finally completed the five paths that I had begun in 2016, culminating not with the Tóchar Phádraig, as most people would, but with St. Finbarr’s way. Both of these routes were probably the most challenging walks on the list, the Tóchar Phádraig finishing with a climb over the lower part of Croagh Patrick. Continue reading