Brian O'Callaghan is making a personal pilgrimage to the Shrine of St James in Santiago. Brian is 68 and sadly lost his wife, Alice, a year and a half ago. He is walking the whole 1600 mile (2,700 km) land route, through Ireland from Rostrevor to Rosslare and from Cherbourg, down through France and over the Pyrenees to Santiago. He sends regular updates of his progress and reflects on his life and experiences as he goes. These are available on-line from this page as are links to albums of his photographs which are updated from time to time.
While Brian is making the pilgrimage as the fulfillment of a long-held dream, he is conscious of the millions of people in the Continent of Africa, particularly women, who are daily confronted with the task of having to walk many miles in search of water and fuel. For them, walking is a necessity of life, both for themselves and for their families. They do not have the luxury of choice - they walk or they and their families perish.
Brian wants to bring their plight to peoples attention, and to help make a difference. While the developed world squabbles about the availability of consumer products and fashion accessories, millions teeter on the brink of starvation and worse. We all need to do what we can to help. That is why Brian is asking you to make a contribution to the task of making their lives a little easier. He has teamed up with the international charity, Concern, which has the capacity, and the infrastructure, to channel resources to the most needy.
Brian here provides a commentary of the people, friends and family who accompany him or who he meets along the way, and the reflections that occupy him on his pilgrimage. The regular updates begin on a daily basis but change, as he goes, to a more general, occasionally thematic, approach.
Notes on the Camino
Note on St.James the Elder
'The Pilgim' by Sir Walter Raleigh
Notes on Concern
First Day photos
Irish News Article -23 March 2005
Newry Democrat Interview -29 March 2005
Newry Democrat 12 July 2005 - End of Pilgrimage
Map of continental route
Last Day photos
Photographs [This is an external site