Lourdes 2018


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

400 young people with additional needs are invited as Guests. This trip is free for our Guests as our volunteers fundraise for it. Volunteers pay for their own trip.

If you would like to apply to travel as a Guest, please complete our Application form online https://form.jotform.com/212932685135054.

Our 46 groups comprise of 15 volunteer carers and 10 guests. Each group includes a Group Leader, Nurse, and Carers. Our team of volunteer Doctors provide additional medical support.

If you would like to Volunteer with The Irish Pilgrimage Trust please complete our Form online https://form.jotform.com/211793062891056.


The groups share a wonderful fun filled week together that includes playing games in the park, day trips to the mountains, forest or the coast, fancy-dress parties, large masses full of music and colour, the candlelight procession and visits to the Grotto.

If you would like more information on volunteering or would like to travel as a Guest please email  info@irishpilgrimagetrust.com

The Trust is primarily funded by our volunteers fundraising and private donations. You can help this wonderful work to continue by DONATING to the Trust, by Volunteering and by supporting our fundraising events or fundraising on our behalf, click to set up a fundraising page .

You can find more details on this website or contact our office on +353 91 796622 or email info@irishpilgrimagetrust.com


Easter Sunday groups travel from Cork, Shannon, Belfast and Dublin to Lourdes on chartered flights. There is great excitement as they settle in to their hotels in Lourdes.

Monday is a day for strolling around the busy streets and getting to know Lourdes. 

Tuesday morning is our wonderful Irish Mass where 1200 people join in a celebrations full of colour, music, song and dancing. This is the day that groups really get to know each other.  



Wednesday is our groups excursion day. They take packed lunches and travel by bus to beach, forest or up into the Pyrenees.

Thursday is our International mass, over 5000 people gather together from our  worldwide Trust groups. It is full of music, colour, and song. Thursday is party night and all groups dress up for loads of fun and games.

Friday is our last full day, time for shopping, revisiting their favourite cafes, maybe even a tour of the street of Lourdes on the Petit Train.

Saturday the planes come back and we travel home tired and happy, a lot of sad faces as new friends say goodbye to each other.

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