Some good news for the 36 pilgrims who did not make it to WYD. The diocese has invited them to go on pilgrimage to Rome from Sat 9th to Thursday 14th August.

The response has been very positive! Thankfully, even though it has come at short notice, 29 of the 36 pilgrims have been able to sign on.

As people probably know by now, 36 of our WYD pilgrims missed their original long-haul connection in London on Monday 7th July – due to a thunderstorm which delayed all flights into Heathrow that evening. As they could not be given a secure alternative travel plan, they reluctantly returned home on Wednesday 9th July. The 36 pilgrims were the last group from our diocese to depart from Ireland. The other two groups departed for Sydney on Saturday 5th, and Sunday 6th. Our total number was 137 pilgrims.

The group of disappointed pilgrims are very grateful for all the support and the prayers from around the diocese and beyond. Our WYD blog enabled messages to flow from either side of the world. We are all impressed with how the group has coped with their misfortune.

Rome trip

Following contact from Mgr Liam Bergin in the Irish College in Rome, the group will stay in the college while in Rome. The timing of the visit is based around attending a Papal audience in the Popes summer residence in Castel Gandolfo on Wednesday 13th August.


There is a meeting for all the pilgrims who did not make it to WYD on Tuesday 29th July at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow. They will joined by the leaders of the WYD pilgrimage, Fr Paul Dempsey and Trish ONeill, who are returning from Sydney this week.