BY Ryan McDougall | June 28 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


One journey ends and another begins for young Scots on the Camino

The Camino was the start of a life-long journey for two young Scots as they got engaged to be married outside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela during a student pilgrimage.

Engineering student Matthew Sheppard asked his girlfriend of nearly four years, Hannah O’Neill, to marry him while on the pilgrimage, and was overjoyed when she said yes.

The couple were on pilgrimage on the Camino with around 20 other students from the Glasgow University Catholic Association.
Matthew, 21, said: “I was quite confident it’d be a yes and I felt fine throughout most of the walk. I carried the ring with me the whole time, but when we got to the end of the walk I got really nervous!”

Matthew had initially hoped to propose inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. However, the pilgrims noticed the cathedral was undergoing renovations, so Matthew decided to ask Hannah outside in the glorious Spanish sun in the square instead.

Matthew said it ‘felt like the right time’ for both of them due to having been together for a good period of time and because both are nearly finished their studies.

Hannah, 22, has recently completed her pharmacy degree at Strathclyde University, and Matthew will begin an MA course after the summer.

Fr Ross Campbell, the university chaplain, said the couple are ‘two stalwarts of the chaplaincy.’

He added: “They are a great couple, full of Faith.”

Matthew and Hannah are now in the early stages of planning their wedding, though Matthew said they’ve ‘not really had a chance to sit down and think about it properly.’

Matthew laughed: “We’re just trying to find a venue big enough for the Catholic­! We’re hoping to get married at the end of next summer.”

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