Official Launch, Thursday 20th April 2017 -  Hotel Roissy, Lourdes

Cycle takes place in France from

Saturday 24th March to Good Friday 30th March 2018


The Irish Pilgrimage Trust is organising its next Fundraising Cycle to Lourdes. Cycle 2018 will be the 18th biennial cycle undertaken by the Trust. The Cycle is a wonderful experience for all those participating, from the physical challenge to the pilgrimage journey, this event is unique and life enhancing. The Cycle raises much need funds to provide special holidays for disabled children in Ireland and in Lourdes. 

If you or any of your friends or someone you know would like to take part, either as a Cyclist or one ot the Support Team, please email  James McHugh -  or Phone 091 796622 for further information and details. Cycle 2018 will be formally launched in Lourdes during the Trust's annual Children's Easter Pilgrimage in April 2017.


Cycle 2018 Diary


  20th April 2017   OFFICIAL LAUNCH of CYCLE 2018 on Thursday evening, Hotel Roissy, Lourdes
  30 Sep / 01 Oct 2017  Introductory Meeting and First Practice Cycle will be held in Kilcuan
  27 Oct 2017      Second Instalment of Fare payment of €200 due 
  25 / 26 November 2017 Second Meeting and Practice Cycle 65km to be held in KIlcuan



  19th January 2018  €1,500 sponsorship + Balance of Fare €200 now due
  27 / 28 January 2018   Third Meeting & Fundraising Report (Saturday) & Third Practice Cycle (Sunday)
  16 February 2018      Total minimum Sponsorship of €2,500 and Full Fare OF €500 must be Lodged
  17 / 18 March 2018   Final Meeting and Practice Cycle (120km) & Load Bikes
  21 March 2018     Backup Crew and Bikes depart Kilcuan overland
  24 March 2018      Cyclists depart Shannon Airport for FRANCE & Begin Cycle 
  30 March 2018      Good Friday – Cycle 2018 arrives Lourdes
  01 April 2018      Easter Sunday – Cyclists return Flight to Shannon Airport and the Children's Pilgrimage arrives in Lourdes
  01 April 2018   Backup Crew & Vehicles depart Lourdes Easter Sunday morning
  03 April 2018  Backup Crew with Bikes & Vehicles sail from Cherbourg Tuesday evening
  04 April 2018  Backup Crew, with Bikes & Vehicles dock in Rosslare Wednesday afternoon
  • NOTE: Dates for Meetings and Practice Cycles may be altered.
  • Always check with the Trust Head Office on 091-796622

30 Years of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust CYCLE to LOURDES


1984 - First Cycle Group                1984 Tea Stop                                                     2014 Cycle Group





In 1984 a small Group of cyclist and their support van set off from Eyre Square in Galway to Cycle to Lourdes and raise some money for The Irish Pilgrimage Trust.  The Cycle immediately established itself as a biennial event.

In March 2016 a group of 126 cyclists and back up crew completed the 900km cycle from Paris to Lourdes and celebrated the 32nd anniversary of the first cycle. Plans are now in place for the next Fundraising Cycle to Lourdes which will take place in March 2018.


CYCLE 2018


The organisers and founders of the Cycle to Lourdes in 1984 for The Irish Pilgrimage Trust - Dr Michael McGloin and Cyclist Pat Jordan

Cycling through the beautiful French countryside 2016

Enjoying a Tea Stop along the banks of the Loire - Cycle 2016


The paperwork must be in order! Cycle 2016

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust
Galway. H91 W596
Tel.: +353 (0) 91 796622
Fax.: +353 (0) 91 796916
Charity Number: 5992


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