The National Lottery Good Causes Awards aims to celebrate the inspiring and innovative work being carried out by the thousands of individuals, organisations, groups and sports clubs all over Ireland who benefit from National Lottery Good Causes funding.

Having been selected as a finalist in the Youth section, The Irish Pilgrimage Trust received a cheque for €1000 from The National Lottery. The Trust will now go forward to the national final, so please join us in celebrating this year’s finalists from 1pm on Saturday May 29th, with many special guests appearing throughout the ceremony. This will culminate at an awards ceremony where 7 projects will win €10.000.00 and one of those will be crowned the National Lottery Good Causes of The Year and win an additional cash prize of €25,000.00.

We are thrilled to be one of the finalists this year.


Message from the Chairperson

We plan to offer volunteer led breaks for young people with additional needs in our holiday homes in Ireland during Summer 2021.  This will be dependent on Covid-19 suitation in Ireland but we hope that we will be able to offer holidays to young people who have been severely and disproportionately disadvantaged by Covid-19 restrictions.

Our next sponsored cycle will take place in France in 2022. We did not Cycle in France in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We are a volunteer led orgainsation and we would like to say thank you very much to all our volunteers around the country who have always worked hard and given so much to the Trust. Thank you also to the young people with additional needs and their families for trusting us and for giving us so much joy over the years.

Our traditional fundraising methods are not available to us currently. We would ask you if you can to support us by making a donation so that we can provide much needed holidays to young people with special needs. The Irish Pilgrimage Trust relies primarily on donations and the generosity of the general public to finance our work as we do not receive annual Government funding. 


Helen Kirwan


The Irish Pilgrimage Trust has reluctantly cancelled all 2021 trips to Lourdes due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation around the world.  

Lourdes - Irish Pilgrimage Trust

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust brings children and young people with special needs on a week-long Pilgrimage Holiday to Lourdes each Easter. This video will give you a flavour of this very unique and often life enhancing experience for all those involved.