Pictured are the very first group of people to walk the Camino de Santiago in aid of CRY- Back Row (left to right) - Brendan O'Mahony, Aileen Kennedy, Lucia Ebbs, Aisling O'Brien, Kate Farrell, Aveen Harkin, Lelia Gaffney, Marie Jones, John Connolly and Frances Jones. Front Row (left to right) - Martina Hogan, Rosemary Phipps, Sally Carney, Marian Finn and Aoife Farrell.
The group of 15 relatives and friends set off on Saturday 6th September from Dublin Airport for the inaugural CRY Camino De Santiago Trek to raise money for CRY.The group will be walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known as The Way of St James a pilgrimage route that has existed for more than a thousand years and runs from France through to Spain. Among the pilgrims is Kate Farrell from Terenure in Co Dublin who lost her 26-year-old daughter Jennifer on May 22, 2002 and Sally Carney from Co Offaly who lost her daughter Debbie who was just 27, in January 2012. Also taking part is Brendan O’Mahony from Clonmel, Co Tipperary lost his son Conor aged 32 on July 25th, 2006. Conor had completed the Camino walk shortly before his death. Martina Hogan from Tullamore Co Offaly lost her 15-year-old son Conor in June 2011 while Marian Ring from Ringsend Co Dublin lost her 28-year-old son, Andrew.
The pilgrims will be walikng the last 107 km of the Camino over 6 days. For updates from Lucia check out our Facebook and Twitter Pages. CRY would like to thank everyone for taking part and all of the fundraising they have done for the charity.