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Mike Timms is a Peregrino, a member of our Society, one of our volunteers, a retired university lecturer, an actor and much more!
Mike is our Master of Ceremonies on April 14th.
He recorded five pieces on his first experience of pilgrimage in 2011 (Camino from Carcassonne to Santiago/Fisterra) for RTE's "A Living Word" programme. RTE's "God Slot" as Mike calls it! It was broadcast in early April this year(2017), and if you missed it you listen to it here. It brings you back to your Camino!
Dr Bernadette Cunningham
Dr Bernadette Cunningham is an historian specialising in medieval and early modern Ireland. Her recent books include The Annals of the Four Masters: Irish history, kingship and society in the early 17th century (Four Courts Press, 2010), and Lough Ree: historic lakeland settlement (edited with Harman Murtagh) (Four Courts Press, 2015). She is Deputy Librarian at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. She has walked the Camino from Espalion in France, and from Porto in Portugal. Her book on Medieval Irish Pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela is due for publication in Winter 2018
Lanzada Calatayud is the CEO of A Coruna Tourism. A Galician native educated at the University of Santiago and passionate about the Camino. In a former role at Santiago University, she got in contact with the international Camino associations and became fascinated about this world. She walked the French Camino from León. She was the driving force behind the change that allows pilgrims walking the 75km from A Coruna to Santiago to be awarded a Compostela. She now lives in the beautiful city of A Coruna and she was one of the 120 pilgrims awarded from A Coruña with the Compostela last year.
John Brierley is a pilgrim pioneer who has made pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela countless times. He is the author of the most popular Camino guidebooks, which are both practical and mystical. For our festival, John will focus on the Camino as a path of awakening, an inner journey of self discovery.
John Rafferty who writes under the name Johnnie Walker is one of the most prominent names associated with the Camino to Santiago. Over the last 10 years he has published 12 books about different aspects of the Camino with all proceeds going to pilgrim organisations. Ever since moving to Santiago de Compostela, Johnnie has taken an active role in re-shaping the English-speaking pilgrim's experience in the city.
Maria was born in Boston and raised in Mayo. She studied journalism. Always fiercely independent she moved to New York at 21. In 2014 she was crowned Rose of Tralee. Maria has now returned to live in Ireland where she has set up an events company, Juniper & Ruby. She walked the Camino from St Jean in 2015. She believes in some kind of afterlife......"While I don’t understand it, I do think the people we lose here go somewhere else and we all meet again one day. So far, life has taught me that it is far, far too short".
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