In 1996, The Pilgrimage Trust and The Irish Pilgrimage Trust co-sponsored a group from Slovakia. Fr Hugh O'Byrne of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust, then a governor on The Pilgrimage Trust Board, was an active member of the group who helped this fledgling extension of the work of The Pilgrimage Trust in Slovakia. In 1999 a group from Romania joined the Easter pilgrimage. Significantly in 1994 a group from America travelled to Lourdes for the Easter Pilgrimage. Preparation for this extension was again jointly encouraged by The Pilgrimage Trust and The Irish Pilgrimage Trust. Joe Earley, Michael McGloin, Moyna Troddyn and Willie Loughnane travelled to New York with members of The Pilgrimage Trust headquarters to assist the organisers in America - many of them with strong immediate Irish backgrounds.
In 2004 a group from Croatia joined the Easter Pilgrimage. Here again the influence of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust helper living in Zagreb encouraged a number of young people to come to Lourdes in 2003 when they joined Irish groups. Travel to Lourdes in 2004 was via Paris but for the 2005 pilgrimage this very innovative group teamed up with an Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Croatia and travelled over land in a former Jumbulance Bus - an interesting connection with the early years of The Pilgrimage Trust through their contact with the Jumbulance pilgrims from England and Dick Clitheroe.