Trust President

Trust President

Bishop Donal McKeown

Most Reverend Donal McKeown – Bishop of Derry. He was installed as Bishop of Derry on the 6 April 2014 in Saint Eugene's Cathedral Derry.

Bishop Donal has been travelling with the Trust since 2015. 

Chairperson

Chairperson

Helen Kirwan

Helen is from Co. Wexford and is a secondary school teacher in Enniscorthy.  Travelling to Lourdes with Group 94 since 1997.  Group Leader for Friendship Week 6 in Cois Cuain. Helen joined the Board of Trustees in 2011. 

 

Vice Chairperson

Vice Chairperson

Charles Digney

Charles Digney is from Newry. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. Charles has been travelling with the Trust for over 20 years.


 

Honorary Treasurer

Honorary Treasurer

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien joined the Board of Trustees in September 2015.  He has been actively involved in the Trust for many years. Tim is an Accountant and lives in Killarney, Co. Kerry.

 

Trust Doctor

Trust Doctor

Dr John Porteous

John is a doctor based in Fermanagh, John joined the Board of Trustees in September 2014. 

 

Trust Nurse

Trust Nurse

Mary Dunnion

Mary Dunnion is a Registered Nurse and has been involved in the Trust for almost 20 years. She joined the Board of Trustees in September 2011


 

Trust Chaplain

Trust Chaplain

Fr. Michael Murphy

Fr Michael Murphy is a priest in Co Mayo and has been involved with the Trust for a number of years. He joined the Board of Trustees in September 2015.


 

Trustee

Trustee

Aiden Grealis

Aidan Grealis joined the Board of Trustees in June 2011 and has been involved with the Trust since 2000. He is married and has two children


 

Trustee

Trustee

Annette McDermott

Annette McDermott has been involved in the Trust for a number of years and joined the Board of Trustees in June 2011.


 

Trustee

Trustee

Catherine Foley

Catherine Foley is a registered nurse and has been volunteering with the Trust for a number of years. She joined the Board of Trustees in September 2015.


 

Trustee

Trustee

Karl Goulding

Karl is from Dublin. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. Karl has been involved with the Trust for almost 10 years travelling mostly with Group 514 to Hosanna House. Karl is married to Dervilla and has two children, Nadine and Erik.


 

Trustee

Trustee

Trish Gallagher

Trish is from Co. Mayo and works as the Youth Director for the Archdiocese of Tuam. She is involved in bringing youth groups to Lourdes both at Easter and to Hosanna House. She joined the Board of Trustees in September 2018.

 

Trustee

Trustee

Ann-Marie Rossiter

Ann Marie is from Dungarvan and is a Carer with the Trust since 2006, she is the Regional Chair for the South Eastern Region.  Ann Marie joined the board in April 2018.

TRUSTEE

TRUSTEE

James Foley

James is married to Patricia and they have two daughters Hazel and Shannon.

Trustee

Trustee

David Whitty

David first travelled with the Trust in 2007 as a student carer and has been involved in the Trust since then as a carer and Group Leader. David lives in Wexford and works as an engineer. He joined the board in September 2020.

BERNADETTE CONNOLLY

BERNADETTE CONNOLLY

Designated Liaison Person

Contact Number 091 796622

CATHERINE FOLEY

CATHERINE FOLEY

Deputy Designated Liaison Person

Contact Number 091 796622

CHARLES DIGNEY

CHARLES DIGNEY

Safety Officer

Contact Number 091 796622

National Co-ordinator

Bernadette Connolly

Bernadette joined the staff of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust in August 2006. A native of Cork, she is married to Mike, and has two children. Bernadette coordinates the activities of the Trust in the office in Clarinbridge.

 

Kilcuan Manager

James McHugh

James joined the staff in 2010 as House Manager of Kilcuan and Cois Cuain.  James is a native of Mayo and is now living in Oranmore with his wife Evelyn and two children.

 

Administrator

Zoe O'Dea

Zoe joined the staff in 2010 and is a native of Clonakilty in West Cork.  Zoe works closely with the group leaders and carers that volunteer with the Trust. Zoe is married to Tomás and they have two children.