You’ll see them, clad in their green cassocks enjoying the craic, with St Paddy’s vital accessories, his crook or crozier staff… and a pint of Guinness.
It’s the St Paddy’s Day procession only, in fairness, there is very little proceeding… unless it’s to the next pub.
St Paddy’s staff, or crook with cross on top, is a symbol of his high status but probably not the best walking aid.
I’ll get onto walks around Ireland with IrelandWays www.IrelandWays.com but first a walk around the houses.
My Dear Old Dad, a doctor, and perhaps a sainted figure himself by now would always advise people use walking sticks.
How wrong I was.
I had one, hewn from wood, on my historic walk through Austrian and German history with Topflight for Schools… https://topflightforschools.ie
In fact two, three, four, five… they are left around the mountain by previous walkers.
Who, like me, forgetfully leave them behind as they take photos and selfies of the breathtaking scenery.
And I could have done with one on my toughest trek yet in the height and heat of a Tenerife autumn day…
So take your stick with you on your IrelandWays trek.
With particular reference to my old stomping ground of Co. Wicklow, the Garden County.
Hike the Wicklow Way
Follow peaceful paths through ancient forests and open mountain trails to Glenmalure, Ireland’s longest glacier valley… and finish in Dublin.
Duration: Up to eight nights. Price: From €900pps.
The Kerry Camino
In olden times, Dingle was one of the departure points for ports for the north-western port of A Coruna.
From here set on foot for Santiago de Compostella
Duration: Up to four nights. Price: From €410pps.
*Book before March 31 to get a 10% discount off your trip.
MEET YOU ON THE ROAD