The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route to the shrine of St. James the Great in Santiago de Compostela, in North West Spain. Though primarily a Christian pilgrimage, its many routes throughout Europe have been treadsince pre-Christian times as a Roman trade route.
A spiritual journey that encompasses much of Europe in its reach, The Camino has come to mean many things to the many kinds of people that follow it.
It may have been the lure of spiritual meaning, or perhaps something more, that urged Danny Sheehy and his crew to take that very journey by the most romantic of routes – the sea.
A group of artists undertaking a journey in a boat of their own making is something so quintessentially Irish – that's exactly what Danny Sheehy, Liam Ó Maonlaí, musician Brendán Ó Beaglaíoch, and Padraig Ó Duinnín set out to do.
To sail from the Irish Sea to the Spanish coast in a Naomhóg, a traditional Irish boat with origins in Danny Sheehy's home of Kerry, is a feat of epic proportions, and one that the four men undertook with a sense of hope and adventure that only artists possess.
It is unfortunate that such a noble journey ended in tragedy on the 10th of June, when their boat capsized and Danny Sheehy became fatally ill on the coast of Spain, before all were taken to hospital.