The Irish Pilgrimage Trust is a volunteer led registered charity in Ireland, and for nearly 50 years  the Trust has been travelling on pilgrimage/holiday to Lourdes with young people with special needs from all over Ireland.

Our Lourdes Summer Pilgrimages to Hosanna House on the outskirts of Lourdes is a unique experience for Carer and Guest.

We have two super facilities in Kilcuan, Co. Galway and  Cois Cuain, Co. Wexford each offering different opportunities. Both facilities provide Friendship weeks during the Summer....

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust's accounts are audited each year by DHKN, Galway Financial Services Centre, Moneenageisha Rd, Galway. Please click HERE to view our audited accounts.

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust complies with the Code of Governance, please VIEW the Public Statement of Compliance with the Governance Code.

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust is listed on the Charities Regulatory Authority register of charities as required under the Charities Act 2009.  The registration number is 20009953 and an Annual Activity Report has been submitted to the Regulator.

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Christmas 2021 is nearly upon us and it was with heavy hearts that the Board of Trustees decided at our last meeting not to travel to Lourdes in 2022. The decision not to travel is based on medical advice and the huge uncertainty that surrounds the Covid situation. It is very disappointing to have to take this decision but it has been taken with the safety of our guests and volunteers at the very heart of it.

As you know we were not in a position to offer breaks in our houses here in Ireland in 2021 but it is our aim that each region will organise Friendship Weeks in the summer of 2022. We look forward to getting back to providing holidays and respite breaks to those with additional needs.  

Our next sponsored cycle was due to take place in France in 2022. We did not cycle in France in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has now been decided to run a cycle in Ireland during Holy Week 2022. We look forward to meeting our cyclists again and we take this opportunity to thank them for their support over the years.

As a voluntary organisation 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.

Over the past number of months we have all been working hard on our new book “ Golden Memories” celebrating 50 years of the Trust. This book will be published in late November 2021 and we look forward to sharing the many memories created over 50 years. Further information about this publication will be available very soon. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff in our office most sincerely for their work on the book. Special thanks to James McHugh who edited the book. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour.

May you and your families keep safe at this time. Wishing you all a peaceful, healthy and happy Christmas and every blessing in 2022.


Helen Kirwan