Sheep Trail 2017

Knitters Wanted!

Would you like to be part of a special project taking place to help remind people of the reason we celebrate Christmas? Christ Church Cathedral will again host a Sheep Trail pilgrimage during the season of Advent, an invitation to all ages to make space for prayer.

The Sheep Trail project is a creative way to invite our cathedral visitors, congregation and visiting school, parish or community groups to slow down and enter into the Advent season of spiritual preparation. From Advent Sunday the cathedral will be home to a flock of mischievous hand-knitted sheep, let loose in the aisles and side chapels to guide our visitors on a pilgrimage trail. The trail concludes at the crib display where visitors are invited to write down a prayer to leave in the crib.

Would you like to knit a sheep? We have instructions and a pattern available here. We need plenty of sheep for display in the cathedral and to give away to school classes and others who visit us for the trail. Want help with your knitting or access some of our stash of wool? Feel free to join us for ‘Create Space’ evenings in St Michan’s Church (Church St., Dublin 7) on Tuesday, 19 September or Tuesday, 17 October, 7-9 pm.

Sheep must be received in the cathedral by Thursday, 30 November.

For information about the Sheep Trail contact the Dean’s Vicar (




Make time in your December for our Messy Advent Sheep Trail!

The Sheep Trail will be in place from 3-24 December. A special Sheep Trail Passport is available to guide visitors along the trail, taking note of some of the remarkable stained glass windows, art and architectural points that help us to remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas. We are delighted to welcome parish, school and community groups to visit us for a guided Sheep Trail pilgrimage free of charge. Advance booking for groups is essential. To book please email or call 01 677 8099.