Youghal Students Travel as Helpers on Lourdes Pilgrimage

By Denise Fitzgerald

Nicole’s cousins- June, Lisa, Niamh, Sophie, Sarah and Adam

Sinéad O’Brien, Nicole Hayes, Caoimhe Curley and Daniel Doherty are TY students at Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, and when they heard that the Cloyne Diocese needed helpers for the invalids travelling to Lourdes, they immediately filled out the application forms and attended at school interviews. The four students told The East Cork Journal that they were privileged to be selected, and conscious of the needs of the pilgrims, but were also looking forward to travelling themselves on the Pilgrimage.

Funds, however, are needed for air fares and accommodation so a Cake Sale was held in the Holy Family Hall on Sunday morning last, with kind permission, and was a very successful event raising €700 towards their travel fund.

The East Cork Journal asked the students their reasons for wishing to go on the Pilgrimage as helpers and the answers included “I really want to be able to help the pilgrims in Lourdes”, I’d like to help with any of the nursing needs”, I’ve always wanted to go since my Mam and Dad went as they are always talking about it and “I have a cousin in a wheelchair and would like to do something for others like him”.

They extended thanks to their families and friends and all who helped them for the Coffee and Cake sale by baking cakes and treats, to the Priests for the use of the Holy Family Hall, and to the huge crowd who came along and bought the cakes.

Good luck Sinéad, Nicole, Caoimhe and Daniel.  The pilgrims will be delighted with your help and care.