Voices on the Camino

“Setting out is not covering miles of land or sea or travelling faster than the speed of light. It is first and foremost opening ourselves to other people, trying to get to know them, going out to meet them… It is possible to travel alone, but the good traveler knows that the journey is human life and life needs company.” (Dom Helder Camara) To wrap up our Camino season for

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In the steps of our ancestors – our Camino in Ireland’s South East

What’s worth achieving does not just happen overnight. Often the harder the pathway, the greater the satisfaction when you reach the summit and breathe in all that opens up before you. Somewhere along the way, we sense the spirit of those who have gone before. Nature has a way of reminding us that we are not alone… that we’re one tiny melodic note in a wider symphony that echoes from

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A world without borders

You cannot beat the exhilaration of reaching the mountain top and surveying the vastness you’ve left behind from your very own sanctuary in the skies. One deep breath and you feel you belong. The ecstasy of the conquest quickly yields to a silent disbelief at the timeless beauty that opens up before you. There are no borders in the great outdoors – just an intricate mosaic of light and contour

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To the waters and the wild – Dunmore East

“Stillness is vital to the world of the soul. If, as you age, you become more still, you will discover that stillness can be a great companion. The fragments of your life will have time to unify, the place where your soul shelter is wounded or broken will have time to knit and heal. You will be able to return to your self. In this stillness, you will engage your

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The Cycle of Life – a unique ‘time-out’

“If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines within… Since a price will be exacted from us for everything we do or leave undone, we should pluck up the courage to win, to win back our finer and kinder and healthier selves. There is no failure as long as you learn from your experience, continue to work, and continue to press on for success.” (Maya Angelou) We

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Escape to the great outdoors

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence… You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.” (Max Ehrmann 1927) We all live life at a pace these days. It can be hard to slow down. We have become so programmed, we tend to operate on autopilot and move

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Arriving at a new place – the story of our Camino

“Your life is so fluid. Everything’s always changing. The way you think it’s going to unfold is not the way it’s going to unfold. That’s the fun of the whole exercise, and the gift!” (Robin Sharma) It’s hard to believe that 2 years have passed since we took our first tentative steps along the road of Waterford Camino Tours. We could never have imagined the craziness of all that would

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see: it is what gives life its deepest significance.” (Roy Bennett) I will never forget the day. Smoke billowed from the smouldering ruins with savage intent. Screams rose from the mire shrouded in crimson ashes that fell from the sky. We looked on aghast through the lens on the bridge, silent witnesses

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Time for what matters

This time of year, we hear a lot about resolutions. Diets, treadmills, nutrition… it’s frenzied. The gyms are shaking to excess with the new recruits each January brings. We become fixated. If you’re not on the ‘bang’, somehow you feel left behind. I use the gym, place a value on personal fitness but veer towards the casual chats among my fellow Olympians than the rigours of pounding in rhythm with

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‘Silent Night – 200 years on’

“My father played the melodeon Outside at our gate; There were stars in the morning east And they danced to his music” (‘A Christmas Childhood’, Patrick Kavanagh) Christmas carols have the power to trigger memories buried in the archives of our past. The simplest of carols can stir something deep within. I’ve seen an elderly woman in a coma in a nursing home momentarily re-awaken and join us in song,

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us to blossom into who we were meant to be.” (Elizabeth Kubler-Ross) The road less travelled can never be mapped out in advance. You cannot be sure what

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Through the Storm

“What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave… What will matter is not success but significance. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.” (Michael Josephson) I can still see her face as she gazed adoringly at her 4 year old child. There were

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Dear Pope Francis

3rd September 2018 Dear Pope Francis, I am writing to you as someone who is struggling to make sense of it all. Over the past decade, I’ve stepped back a little from the Church and find myself very much on the outside looking in. I’m equally aware of the widening gap between my own spiritual journey and the glaring anomalies of an institution that has betrayed its own people so

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Let your light shine

“Circumstances do not make the person, they reveal the person. We’re not responsible for the cards we are dealt but we are responsible for how we play them. It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.” (Cathy McCarthy) The journey of life takes many twists and turns. We never quite know what’s around the corner. One minute you’re free-wheeling downhill without a care in the world. The next, you

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Bright bright sun shiny days

Who would have thought we would have days like these? The landscape is tinged with a golden hue as the crimson light sets seawards each evening. We on the shoreline are lulled into a balmy calm. In the glow, the ordinary becomes magical again. Sand becomes the stuff of dreams for the curious child, the sea sparkles in azure blue enticing even the most reluctant swimmer to take that leap.

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They’ll be days like this

Sometimes images can say more than words. This month’s blog is simply a collage of photos from our Caminos over the past few weeks along with a poem from one of our visitors. Hope you like them! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] We’ve been blessed to have shared the Camino with many great people, each with their own unique story and personality. We’ve laughed and we’ve sang together as we

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No road is long with good company.

No road is long with good company. “Setting out is not covering miles of land or sea, or travelling faster than the speed of light. It is first and foremost opening ourselves to other people, trying to get to know them, going out to meet them… It is possible to travel alone, but the good traveler knows that the journey is human life and life needs company.” (Dom Helder Camara)

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An oasis of calm… Dunmore East

An oasis of calm… Dunmore East The space shuttle uses more fuel during its first 3 minutes after takeoff than it requires for the remainder of its orbit around the entire earth. The magnetic pull of the world takes great energy to overcome. So true of the space shuttle, so true of our lives! It’s easier sometimes to get drawn into the ways of the world than to open our

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One step beyond…

One step beyond… “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” (Kahil Gibran) Very few people in life manage to cruise through unscathed. In an age of digital advancement when things can be micro managed to the minutest detail,

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‘Where words fail, music speaks’

‘Where words fail, music speaks’ We make the road by walking it. Some pathways lead to places that leave their mark long after the journey has passed. This place was altogether different. There was something surreal about it, something intangible… beyond words. Travelling to Auschwitz with ‘The Island of Ireland Peace Choir’ was memorable on many levels. I’ve stalled from writing my reflections ‘til now as I simply could not

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‘Silent Night’ – the hidden Christmas

“My father played the melodeon Outside at our gate; There were stars in the morning east And they danced to his music” (‘A Christmas Childhood’, Patrick Kavanagh) Christmas carols have the power to trigger memories buried in the archives of our past. The simplest of carols can stir something deep within. I’ve seen an elderly woman in a coma in a nursing home momentarily re-awaken and join us in song,

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Waterford Greenway: Its Beauties are Crystal Clear

Waterford Greenway: Its Beauties are Crystal Clear (Stephanie Santagada, The Destination Company, New York) Whether you reside in Ireland or are coming to Éire from farther afield, a relatively underrated paradise lies waiting for you only 2 hours south of Dublin. I have had two opportunities to experience the “sunny southeast” and its many incredible offerings last spring and summer. My recent travels from New York around Ireland’s Ancient East

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The road less travelled – walking trails in Waterford

All odysseys of significance are not without their peril. We have taken our first tentative steps out on our Waterford Camino and have survived. Maybe, a little more than that! We’ve put the pieces of our business together, assembled a great team and are ready now to embark on the next leg of the journey. The vision has become a reality! The scary bit… there’s no guarantee we’ll climb the

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Something inside so strong

Never let a stumble be the end of your journey. Dreams can come true but not always as easily as you would like! We all know how it feels to reach the edge of the precipice and see our hopes dashed before us. We stand and stare and do not always understand. We feel the pain and momentarily become suspended in time. Our coordinates become dimmed, our future obscure. Our

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High Hopes – takes me back to where we started

The High Hopes Choir has a unique story to tell. A spark was lit by renowned conductor David Brophy 4 years ago rippling out from its humble origins in the Edmund Rice Centre to include homeless people from Cork, Dublin and Waterford. Something irrepressible has started… a movement of sorts that has transformed the lives of those involved. People once silenced are beginning to find their voice. As Musical Director

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The first Waterford Camino

Well, the day finally arrived. After months of planning, it was time to set out on our adventure towards horizons new. No matter how meticulously you prepare, it is only in the doing that you really come to know the worth of something. Only then do you begin to see if the pathway you have mapped out leads to where you want to be. We welcomed our visitors from Kildare

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Cycle Waterford, in Ireland’s Ancient East

Waterford, Ireland’s oldest City, boasts a very proud heritage when it comes to cycling. There’s something about the air in this place, not to mention the arduous mountain climbs and undulating roads, that produces great champions. Home to former World No. 1 cyclist and current Eurosport commentator Sean Kelly, up and coming future champion Sam Bennett and Olympian and Giro d’Italia rider Ciaran Power, there really is a depth to road and leisure cycling in

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…and so the journey begins!

“Wanderer, your footsteps are the camino, your path, and nothing more, wanderer, there is no camino, the camino is only made by walking.”   (Antonio Machado) Life has an uncanny knack of throwing up the unexpected. One minute, you’re cruising along at low altitude, the next hit by sudden turbulence that can propel you off course in an instant. These moments of tumult can lead us to a new vantage point,

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Launch of Waterford Camino Tours at Waterford Treasures

Hi All, We’re busy marketing our packages over next 6 weeks and intend starting our first Caminos from the end of May, 2017. If you have any queries, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to clarify. Since we launched, there has been serious amount of interest in our packages and we cannot wait to get started on our ramblings up the Waterford Greenway and beyond. Elaine and

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