Message from the Chairperson

Summer 2021 is flying by and unfortunately, we have not been in a position to offer breaks in our houses here in Ireland. Covid-19 and especially the Delta variant has meant that the situation has been very uncertain over the last few weeks and we are disappointed that we have not been able to offer holidays to young people who have been severely and disproportionately disadvantaged by Covid-19 restrictions.

The Board of Trustees will meet in September and review the situation regarding Covid. It is our hope that, with the rapid rollout of the vaccines to all age groups we will soon be able to begin providing holidays and breaks for young people with additional needs again.

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 organisation 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 support us in any way, we would be very grateful. The Irish Pilgrimage Trust relies primarily on donations and the generosity of the public to finance our work as we do not receive annual Government funding. A huge thank you to all who have helped us financially in recent times.

Enjoy the rest of the Summer and please God we will soon be preparing for future pilgrimages and holidays.


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.