The Camino Voyage


Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:97 minutes
Production Country:Ireland
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Donal O'Ceilleachair


A crew including a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain.

Early Irish history and mythology feature many accounts of great voyages.

Inspired by such accounts the Irish Writer & Poet Danny Sheehy and his crew embarked on a 500km journey in 2012 to the Abbey of Saint Colmcille in Iona, Scotland.

This was one of many sea journeys for the crew.

And in 2014 they planned an audacious new voyage — and this is where our documentary with them begins — on the 2,500 km voyage from Ireland to Santiago de Compostela (which took place for 6 weeks each year over 3 years; 2014, 2015 & 2016).

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 their own handmade traditional boat, called a ‘Naomhóg’.

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.  Every community that they have connected with en route opened their doors – and their hearts – to this crew, and the men have in exchange, inspired them with their courage, endurance, storytelling, music, poetry and song in a coming together of people in the most fundamental and ancient of ways.

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”.

“A fascinating tale of faith and brotherhood.” — The Irish Examiner

“Reflects the spiritual power of the experience.” — The Times

“One of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen.” — Actor Paul McGann