Sixty parishioners make the pilgrimage to Marian shrine
LOURDES 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF APPARITIONS
A GROUP of 60 parishioners from the Holy Redeemer parish made the trip to Lourdes last week with the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage under the
leadership the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin.
A record number of pilgrims, over 3000, travelled with the Pilgrimage to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the apparitions by our Lady to St. Bernadette in 1858 at Masabielle.
The local group was led by George Begley, who has been leading the group for the past number of years. One member, Anne Walsh, has not
missed a year since the parish started going to Lourdes in 1991. The youngest member of the group was seven-yearold Emer Fox on her very first visit to Lourdes. She was joined by 11-year-old Zoe Connolly, also on her first trip. Wesley Maher, aged 12, was another of the children to make the
journey. He has been nine times, having gone over wince he was aged just three.
Six 5th year students from Loreto secondary school also travelled to Lourdes to help and care for the sick. Their leader Ms. Ciara Walsh, who is a teacher in the school, has been taking six helpers to Lourdes for the past few years. Group leader George has expressed his congratulations to Ciara and her team for their dedication and hard work.