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Walk in Irish on Slí Cholmcille 9 – 12 June 2023


From the 9th to the 12th 2023 June there will be a walk and pilgrimage in Irish on Slí Cholmcille in Donegal. Slí Cholmcille goes from Gleann Cholm Cille in Donegal to Iona in Scotland, and it links places relating to the life and tradition of the saint.

It is hoped that the Slí will be like Camino de Santiago in Spain. From the 9th to the 12th June there will be an opportunity to get to know the natural world a walk for the body and spirit and company in Irish in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht.

From 2020 there has been a pilgrimage each year on Sli Cholmcille in Donegal, but this is the first walk and pilgrimage that is entirely in Irish. It is being organised by language planning districts, and Gaeltacht cooperatives in collaboration wtih the Colmcille programme of Foras na Gaeilge, and in association with Slí Cholmcille clg. Séamus Ó Dúchoin, a mountain guide and native speaker from Falcarragh will lead the walk.

The walk will start on St Colmcille’s feastday, the 9th June in Gleann Cholm Cille. On the 10 June the walk will be between Tobar Eithne, dedicated to Eithne, mother of Colmcille, and Gartán where he was born and where there are other sites associated with his childhood. On the third day the walk will start at Ray Cross, a site with close links to the Abbey of Iona, and will finish at Cnoc na Naomh. On the 12th June there will be a journey to Tory, which has a rich heritage associated with its Columban monastery. The island will also be alive with birds, and an expert on both, artist Antain Ó Mianáin will act as guide.

There is a package available for the four days, including three nights bed and breakfast in Teach Jack in Gaoth Dobhair. The cost is €390 based on single occupancy, and €35o based on shared room. The daily rate without accommodation is €20 for the first three days, and €50 for the fourth day, which includes the return ferry to Tory island. Application forms and further information can be obtained from


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Foras na Gaeilge, An Chrannóg
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Gaoth Dobhair
Donegal, Ireland. F92 EYT3

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