Roscrea’s sixth annual pilgrim friendship walk in honour of St. Cronan was held on Sunday 26th April last, the Sunday before St. Cronan’s Feast Day.
As St. Cronan is both founder of the town and patron of the parish the walk reflected both aspects of his legacy to Roscrea- pilgrimage and community, and included stops for reflection at various significant points en route. Beginning this year at Gleann Glas the handshake of peace was exchanged in keeping with the theme “Tabhair dom do lámh” (Give me your hand), and as people began the walk they chatted with each other and made new friends.
Daisy Bates contribution to Australian social history was recognized during the reflection at her birthplace and Chapel Lane was the venue for the third reflection. The grounds of Mount Carmel Nursing Home were an appropriate location for the reflection on ‘Creating Hands’ where the natural beauty of the surroundings was much admired, and a prayer was read in Irish. Looking towards the future of Roscrea, the ‘Playing Hands’ of the town’s children formed the basis for reflection at the Glebe playground and the walk concluded in St. Cronan’s Church, Church St., the site of Cronan’s principal monastery. The Rev. Jane Galbraith, Rector and Rev. Shannon De Laureal, Methodist Minister were welcomed to their first pilgrim walk in Roscrea, and as always it was a pleasure to have Fr. Tom Corbett present. Also in attendance were Fr. Deeley, Fr. Malachi, Fr. Laurence, Rev. Tom Kingston and members of the communities of St. Anne’s and Parkmore Convent. A novel and informative feature of this year’s walk was Roscrea born Fr. Laurence’s comments on the history of places which we passed en route.
To conclude the occasion, refreshments were served in the Methodist Church Hall and all present found the venture a most worthwhile exercise both spiritually and physically.
This year’s organizing committee of Joan Murray, Adrian Hewson, Margaret Ryan, Andrew Walsh, Doug De Laureal and Peg Caverley would like to thank all those who participated and helped in any way to make this sixth pilgrim-friendship walk year another success.