Lourdes is a place of universal meeting and sharing, prayer and celebration of life, visited by more than five million pilgrims from all over the world every year.
Lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the small town of Lourdes is famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. It is the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in Europe and is known as a place that offers hope and consolation to all who are in need of healing and peace.
The origins of the pilgrimages to Lourdes began when Bernadette Soubirous reported the first of 18 visions of Our Lady on 11 February 1858. Amongst many of the messages delivered to Bernadette were the need for prayer and penance and a call to the faithful: “Go to the priests and tell that a chapel is to be built here and come in procession”. Lourdes then went from being a small village in the Pyrenees to becoming a major pilgrimage destination of the Catholic faith.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, where the sacred grotto and the two Basilicas are located, embraces 22 places of worship and numerous facilities for the pilgrims and the sick, as well as the sacred spring that began to flow when Bernadette dug at a spot designed by the Apparition.
Joe Walsh Tours have been organising pilgrimages to Lourdes since 1961, with early pilgrims travelling by bus and boat before flights from Ireland were introduced shortly afterwards. Pilgrims can choose from a wide variety of packages, from short breaks to week-long pilgrimages , all of which are led by a Spiritual Director and coordinated locally by our highly skilled and experienced team of representatives.
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While on pilgrimage, your group will be looked after by our highly professional and dedicated team of representatives who will always be at hand to provide local support ensuring that everything runs smoothly from start to finish when you are away from home. Our Lourdes team is led by our senior representative Fionnuala Brua who has lived in Lourdes and worked with our Irish pilgrim groups for multiple years, sharing immense knowledge of the religious sites and their environs and making sure that you have a truly enjoyable pilgrimage – an experience of a lifetime.