The Camino Voyage - Iomhramh an Camino

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Film Art


03/08/2018 14:00 - 16:00


Skibbereen Town Hall



A crew including a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves, on an inspiring and dangerous 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain.

Featuring Oscar-winning musician Glen Hansard, renowned traditional Irish musician Brendan Begley, distinguished artist Liam Holden, skilled stonemason Brendan Moriarty and celebrated writer & poet Danny Sheehy (1951 - 2017)

On the feast day of the Irish Saint Colm Cille in 2012 the Poet Danny Sheehy and his crew delivered the gift of an Irish language Bible to the Saint’s Abbey on the legendary island of Iona in Scotland. They rowed the 500km journey from Ireland in a Naomhóg (a traditional West Kerry rowing curragh/boat) following the coastal routes of their ancestors. 

This was one of many intrepid sea journeys for the crew and in 2014 they set their sights on an even more audacious voyage. For hundreds of years people sailed from Ireland to La Coruña in Northern Spain and walked the camino to Santiago de Compostela from there. This inspiring crew began their own version of this historical voyage in the Naomhóg in 2014. Pulling into coastal towns and villages en route, camping and cooking as they went, this eclectic crew forged many new friendships; surprising those they met with a boat that seems to come straight out of the middle ages. 

Every community that they have connected with en route opened their doors – and their hearts – to this crew, and the men have in exchange, inspired them with their courage, endurance, storytelling, music, poetry and song in a coming together of people in the most fundamental and ancient of ways.

This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage that in the words of Danny Sheehy, took “sweat, blood and blisters to complete while deepening and renewing friendships, creativity and spirituality in the process”.