April 19, 2021

In God’s country: Monks plan new hostel to attract pilgrims to Waterford’s ‘Camino’

A new development which could see more tourist and pilgrims attracted to West Waterford is being sought along the route of what has been called Ireland’s Camino.

The monks at Mount Melleray, close to Cappaquin, have lodged plans with 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.

The community of Cistercian Trappist monks are looking for permission to change the use of part of the existing Abbey, originally an Alms House and subsequently used as “The Novitate” and turn into a hostel for those on the pilgrimmage between Ardmore and Cashel in county Tipperary.

The building the monks are hoping to convert is a protected structure and it is hoped to convert an area of close to 4,000 sq ft into the new hostel.

A decision on the plans is expected within the next six weeks.

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