Kerry pilgrims head to Lourdes this weekend

A group of 150 people from all over the county are flying out to France this weekend, for the annual Kerry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

An estimated 50 assisted pilgrims, most of whom have illnesses and disabilities, fly directly from Kerry Airport tomorrow morning; while one hundred volunteers went ahead on a flight from Dublin earlier today.

They’ll remain in Lourdes for a period of six days and will stay close to the famous grotto, which attracts thousands of worshippers to the French village each year.

Among those making the trip is Sister Frances Day, who’s been to Lourdes as a volunteer on 16 previous occasions.

She says everyone who makes the pilgrimage, always benefits from it afterwards: