Walk with Willibrord

24th June 2017


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Join Bishop Burrows, Bishop of Leighlin and Bishop Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin as the Relic of St. Willibrord, Patron Saint of Luxembourg is walked between Carlow’s two cathedrals via the Barrow Way.

St Willibrord is one of the most important Saints in Europe and he has appeal across the many Christian communities particularly for Catholics, Anglican and Old Catholics. Through the mists of time his Carlow connection, for the most part would have been forgotten, but through academic research by Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Department of History, NUI Galway over the past thirty years this connection has been re-established. In 2009 President Mary McAleese as part of her state visit to Luxembourg visited the town of Echternach and spoke of the connection.

On the 5th of June 2017, while in Echternach a group led by Bishop Nulty and Bishop Burrows was presented with a ‘Relic of St Willibrord’ for display in Carlow. The Relic (a piece of his bone) is contained in a statue of St Willibrord holding a replica of the present day Basilica in Echternach which stands on a piece of stone from his original abbey in Echternach. A group of thirty will travel from Echternach to Carlow and on Saturday June 24th as part of their visit why not join them and ‘Walk with Willibrord’ as the Relic will be walked in a public procession along the Barrow Way from St Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow where it will be permanently housed.

Click here for Walk with Wilibrord leaflet

Schedule/Timings for Saturday June 24th:

Times are approximate – except for start and finish. The walk is approximately 13km in length from start to finish but as outlined below you can join of leave the walk at different points.

9.45am Meet at the Holy Well and St. Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin for ‘Eucharist of the Saints’ service.

11.15am Walk Part 1: St. Laserian’s Cathedral to Leighlinbridge Parish Centre.

12.00pm Arrive at the Leighlinbridge Parish Centre – break for tea/ coffee and toilets. Prayers and Reflection.

12.30pm  Walk Part 2:  At Leighlinbridge enter onto the Barrow Way and walk to Milford.

1.45pm Milford Carpark – break for tea/ coffee refreshments and toilets. Prayers and Reflection.

2.15pm Walk Part 3: Walk from Milford to Clogrennan/ Lanigan’s Lock;

3.15pm Clogrennane – break for tea/ coffee & refreshments and toilets. Prayers and Reflection.

3.45pm Walk Part 4: Walk from Clogrennan/ Lanigan’s Lock to St. Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen;

4.45pm Walk Part 5: Relic received into St Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen. Prayers and Reflection. St Clare’s Parish Hall – tea/ coffee & refreshments and toilets.

5.20pm Walk Part 6: St Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen to St Mary’s Church, for prayers and reflection and then proceed to the Cathedral of the Assumption.

6.15pm The Relic arrives for Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption.

Tea/ coffee & refreshments are at participants own expense.

Mini bus will be operating to return participants to start of each section, e.g. Leighlinbridge Parish centre to St. Laserian’s Cathedral car park.


Walking Safety:

This walk is approximate 13km from start to finish. Please ensure you can walk at a reasonable pace along the section you chose.

Participants walk at their own risk and must wear a hi-vis vest.

Follow all instructions and safety guidelines given by the Gardai, Civil Defence, stewards and security.

Parents/Guardians are requested to supervise their children.

On the public roads stay on the left side of the road and do not cross the white lines.

On the Barrow Way, a National Way Marked Trail, walk only on the designated grass path and do not walk close to the water or drains.

Decide how long you wish to walk for, use the above timings as a guide for each section.

Walk no more than two people abreast.

Be prepared for the weather – there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

Wear appropriate footwear. Depending on the weather roads and grass may be wet.

Parking – take care when parking and only park in appropriate areas. Do not leave valuables in your car.

Litter: please bring your litter home with you.


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