Famous Waterford monastery gets green light to build hostel for pilgrims on ‘Ireland’s Camino’
A significant tourist development which attract thousands of hikers to West and North Waterford as part of ‘Ireland’s Camino’ has been given the thumbs-up.
The monks at Mount Melleray, near Cappoquin, have been granted permission by Waterford City and County Council to transform a part of the Abbey into a brand new hostel that can accommodate walkers on the 100km St Declan’s Way pilgrimage.
The community of Cistercian Trappist monks have now been given permission to change the use of part of the existing Abbey, originally an Alms House, as a hostel for pilgrims on the holistic hike between Ardmore and Cashel in neighbouring county Tipperary.
The building the monks are converting is a protected structure.
Permission has been granted to convert an area of close to 4,000 sq ft into the new hostel containing bedrooms, washrooms, kitchens and community rooms.