Challenge of the Camino - Take first step at the Excel

If you want to find out why so many people taking on the challenge of walking the famous Camino route then the Excel is the place to be on Saturday 28th May.

If you want to find out why so many people taking on the challenge of walking the famous Camino route then the Excel is the place to be on Saturday 28th May.

‘An Evening on the Camino’ at the Excel will inform and entertain with a workshop organsed before a screening of the film ‘The Way’ wh ich stars Martin Sheen who stars in this new film of a father walking the Camino after the death of his son.

The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage route which runs down France and across Spain to Santiago de Compostella, in Galicia, in the north-west where St. James the Apostle is reputed to be buried. The pilgrimage was dying out in the 1950’s but is now having a huge revival with thousands of people walking the route, for many reasons, each year.

The walk is a popular destination for Tipperary people and Mary O’Dwyer, a member of the Galtee Walking Club, is just one of many locals to have taken on the 110k five day challenge.

Mary was accompanied on the Camino last year with her daughter Miriam and it was a journey they both thoroughly enjoyed.

“It was one of the nicest weeks of my life,It was like taking a week off living, the pace was lovely, there was no pressure and the scenery was breathtaking.It was such a peaceful and beautiful place,” said Mary.

Mary prepared for the Camino by joining the Galtee Walking Club and going on a number of walks with them.

“I could not have done it without them.You walk at your own pace on the Camino and it certainly helps if you have a reasonable level of fitness,” she said.

Mary said they started walking each day at seven thirty and walked for up to five hours stopping before the day became really hot.

“The temperatures are very pleasant and the scenery is varied. It is absolutely amazing countryside,” she said.

Mary said they met a lot of other mother/daughters walking the route which seemed to be a feature of the Camino.

“People are very friendly and there are plenty of places to relax and take a break from the walking along the way,” she said.

The Excel Arts & Cultural centre will host the workshop at 3.00 pm on Saturday 28th. A Wworkshop - ‘How to walk the Camino de Santiago’ will be an informal practical meeting and will be given by people who have or are walking the Camino. It is intended to help people decide if the walk is for them and offer advice on how to do it.Topics covered will include-

Why do people do it?

Where will I sleep and eat?

What do I bring?

Taking care of your feet

Discussion of guides, books and relevant websites.

There will be a handout and the workshop organiser: Pat. Holland who has completed the walk.

A wine and tapas reception will be held at 7.00 which will include a book reading by Peter Murtagh from his recently published book, Buen Camino, written with his daughter Natasha. They walked the Camino together and each day wrote up their day’s events, adventures and thoughts.

The film ‘The Way’ will be shown at 8.10pm

Martin Sheen, well known to Irish television as the US President in the West Wing series, stars in this new film of a father walking the Camino after the death of his son. The people he meets, the adventures he has, the places he walks with are depicted in the film which is directed by Emilio Estevez, his son in real-life who also appears in the film. Filmed totally on location along the Camino, it gives a very strong impression of what it is like to walk the Camino.

Prices and booking details: Tickets: €20. Contact the Excel at 062 80520 to book. Early booking advisable. Discount available for groups of 10 or more.