2024 Pilgrimages from City of Derry Now on Sale with Joe Walsh Tours
Published on:February 8, 2024

As the destination offerings at City of Derry Airport continue to grow with the take-off of the first ski programme in history to operate from the Airport with Topflight in January, the new year-round Ryanair Birmingham service recently announced to launch in April, and the return of the Faro summer service with Travel Solutions available from May, the Airport has now announced the return of Joe Walsh Tours’ pilgrimages to Lourdes for Summer 2024.

Joe Walsh Tours are offering fully escorted tours to Lourdes for the Raphoe Diocese in Donegal and the Derry Diocese, which collectively encompass 84 parishes across the Northwest, as well as a general tour open to anyone for booking.

The Raphoe Diocese will travel on the first service taking off on Monday 27th May, followed by the Derry Diocese on Monday 1st July, and the general tour will depart on Friday 5th July.

The pilgrimages will follow a full religious programme facilitated in conjunction with the local Dioceses, and the full services of Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives will be available throughout.

“We are delighted to partner again with City of Derry Airport,” said David Walsh, Director at Joe Walsh Tours. “It is wonderful for pilgrims in the Northwest region to have the opportunity to fly directly to Lourdes from City of Derry Airport. It provides convenience and ease of travel on this special spiritual journey.”

Steve Frazer, Managing Director at City of Derry Airport, commented: “Following a hugely successful 2023 programme with Joe Walsh Tours, we are thrilled to partner with the team again to offer this very special travel experience for the Northwest.

“Joe Walsh Tours are absolute experts in what they do, and we have no doubt that everyone travelling to Lourdes from City of Derry Airport will enjoy a truly unique and memorable trip.”

Brenda Morgan MBE, Head of Business Development at City of Derry Airport, added: “We are proud to provide those travelling, particularly any elderly passengers, with the convenience of flying local, reduced travel time and cost, and an efficient journey through the Airport. With single level access and less than 15 mins from our carpark to our departure gate, our passengers can really enjoy a relaxing and stress-free start to their spiritual retreat.”

Package prices start from £759pp, and include direct return flights and airport taxes, 20kg check-in luggage, airport transfers and assistance between Lourdes Airport, and full board hotel accommodation.

For more information on Joe Walsh Tours’ 2024 Pilgrimages to Lourdes from City of Derry Airport, visit www.joewalshtours.ie.

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