New Irish Documentary, The Camino Voyage, Released in Cinemas on 23 November


New Irish Documentary, The Camino Voyage, Released in Cinemas on 23 November

Posted: 19th November 2018

Dónal Ó’Céilleachair’s new Irish documentary, The Camino Voyage, starring Academy Award®-winning Irish musician Glen Hansard opens in Irish cinemas this Friday, 23 November.

The documentary sees Hansard alongside a crew of Irish artists, embarking on alongside embarking on the 2,500km voyage from Ireland to Santiago de Compostela. The Camino Voyage crew includes renowned Irish musician Brendan Begley, distinguished artist Liam Holden, skilled stonemason Brendan Moriarty and the late celebrated writer and poet Danny Sheehy (1951 – 2017).

For hundreds of years, people sailed from Ireland to A Coruña in Northern Spain and walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela from there.  In 2014 this inspiring crew began their own version of this historical voyage in a traditional Naomhóg (a Kerry curragh) boat that they built themselves.

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.

This tiny boat against the backdrop of the vast ocean struck a chord in peoples’ imaginations all the way along the voyage. 

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”.

The Camino Voyage was produced by Martina Durac and Dónal Ó’Céilleachair for Anú Pictures and was supported by Screen Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, TG4 and RTÉ.

The Camino Voyage opens in cinemas across Ireland from 23 November.


Winner – Audience Award – Dingle International Film Festival
Winner – Audience Award – Luxembourg British & Irish Film Season
Winner – The Documentary Award – Irish Screen America Film Festival, NYC
Winner – Documentary Award – An tOireachtas Media Awards, 2018

Praise for the Film

“Remarkable”   The Irish Examiner

“Lyrical, Compelling”   Eye for Film

“Reflects the Spiritual Power of The Experience”  The Times

“Hauntingly Beautiful”  Turlough O’Donnell, Camino Society Ireland

“One of the Most Beautiful Films I’ve Ever Seen” Actor, Paul McGann

 “The Kon-Tiki Expedition for our Generation”  Clare Cahill, Arts University Bournemouth

“Uplifting & Extraordinarily Beautiful” Sunniva O’Flynn, IFI

“Enchanting, Inspiring and Ultimately Very Deeply Moving”  Maurice Galway, Director, Dingle Film Festival

“Possibly the most moving, emotional and beautiful film I’ve seen in the last few years”  Writer, Manchán Magan

“A wonderful experience … Beautiful in its entirety ... I found myself humbled by a display of such authentic cinematography that I was left speechless” John Brierly, Author of ‘A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago’

‘Bravo!  An unforgettable blend of music, muscle power and persistence on the long and gruelling sea road to Compostella’ Tim Severin, The Brendan Voyage