Friendship Weeks in Kilcuan Holiday Home

Kilcuan is our purpose built, self catering holiday home for people with special needs in Clarinbridge, Galway. Our volunteers provide a program of week long holidays called Friendship Weeks for young people with additional needs during July and August 2022. These holidays include fun activities, music, excursions, entertainment and visits to local attractions.

Separately, Kilcuan is rented to groups, families and organisations caring for adults or young people with special needs on a self catering basis.

Kilcuan is located in a beautiful woodlands area of Kilcornan beside Clarinbridge village. This woodland setting includes accessible walks, childrens playground, swimming pool, walled garden and is close to many local attractions incuding Galway City, Salthill, Kinvara, The Burren, Bunratty, Connemara.

If you would like to apply please complete our Application form online

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23rd May 2022

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust Eulugy to Moyna Troddyn as read today at Mass in Monkstown.

Eulugy for Moyna Troddyn 

Moyna Troddyn RIP

It is with deepest sadness that we learned of the passing of Moyna Troddyn, former National Secretary of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust. Moyna first joined HCPT in the UK as a young volunteer and later travelled to Lourdes as a carer with the Irish Trust in the early 1970s. She became a Group Leader and led Group 64 on the Trust’s annual children’s Easter pilgrimage to Lourdes for many years. In 1980 Moyna took on the role of National Secretary of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust. Over the following 20 years she played a central role in the growth and expansion of the Trust, a period when the organisation more than doubled in size and reached the four corners of Ireland. Moyna’s organisational skills and close relationship with the Board of Trustees and Group Leaders throughout the country were legendry. Under Moyna’s stewardship the annual Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes was meticulously planned and provided a template that has endured. The detailed planning and logistical operation required to transport 500 young people with special needs and the 650 Trust volunteers to and from France was spearheaded by her in the years before “modern” technology and communication methods. Moyna was equally infamous for her knowledge and ability to know everyone involved in the annual trips to France. While in Lourdes each Easter she marvelled at the joy, happiness and outpouring that occurs. Moyna’s deep faith and belief was that Our Lady was the instrument in it all, blanketing the Trust with love.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilis

RIP Notice 


The Irish Pilgrimage Trust has reluctantly cancelled Easter 2022 pilgrimage 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.


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