Cycle 2018 is the 18th biennial Fundraising Cycle to Lourdes undertaken by The Irish Pilgrimage Trust. The Cycle is a unique experience for all those participating. From the physical challenge to the pilgrimage journey, this event is special and life enhancing. The Cycle raises much need funds to provide special holidays for children and young people with disabilities and special needs here in Ireland and in Lourdes. 


Cycle 2018 takes place in France from
Saturday 24th March 2018 to Good Friday 30th March 2018


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. Support Team places are limited and roles / duties are assigned by the organisers. Places remain open for Applications at present and we expect to finalise our numbers by early November 2017.  We are looking forward to an increase in numbers from our previous cycle in 2016.


Cycle 2018 Diary


  20th April 2017   CYCLE 2018 was launched on Thursday 20th April 2018 at Hotel Roissy, Lourdes
  30 Sep / 01 Oct 2017  Introductory Meeting and First Practice Cycle will be held in Kilcuan, Clarinbridge
  27 Oct 2017      Second Instalment of Fare payment of €200 due 
  25 / 26 November 2017

This Meeting is being rescheduled. Update will be posted here later



  19th January 2018  €1,500 sponsorship + Balance of Fare €200 now due
  27 / 28 January 2018   Third Meeting & Fundraising Report (Kilcuan, Saturday evening). Third Practice Cycle (Sunday from Kilcuan)
  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) in Kilcuan & Load Bikes
  21 March 2018     Backup Crew and Bikes depart Kilcuan overland/ferry for France
  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 Morning – Cyclists return Flight to Shannon Airport and the Children's Pilgrimage arrives in Lourdes
  01 April 2018   Backup Crew & Vehicles/Bikes depart Lourdes Easter Sunday morning - overland and Ferry back to Ireland
  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 - journey back to Kilcuan
  • 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                                                     2016 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 Registration Number: 20009953   CHY 5992


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