Dublin GAA legend Alan Brogan recently took part in a ‘Walk with Hope’ to raise funds for marginalised Irish emigrants.
The former Dublin Gaelic footballer and three-time All-Ireland medal winner was joined by Fr Paul Ward and the pair began their walk from the Papal Cross in Phoenix Park at midday on Sunday 25th April.
The fundraising walk was in support of the work of the Irish Chaplaincy in London and to raise awareness of the plight of the elderly Irish in Britain, whether living alone, in care homes or in prison.
“For over 60 years the Chaplaincy has reached out to the dispossessed Irish who emigrated to the UK for employment and who today exist on the margins: the elderly Irish, Travellers and prisoners,” Brogan said ahead of his walk.
“Many of my generation were born to Irish emigrants in the UK and we owe it to all of them to demonstrate our support at this vulnerable time in their lives.”
A special song for the event, 500 Miles with Hope, a re-make of The Proclaimers classic, was recorded by, amongst others, the children of Holy Family Catholic Primary School in West London. The pupils themselves were walking a combined total of 500 miles (804 kilometres) around the playground!
Picture: Fr Paul Ward and Alan Brogan. (John McElroy).