Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Croagh Patrick

This sacred mountain, only 5 miles from Westport- County Mayo, in Irish means (Saint) Patrick stack and locally is known as the Reek.  It is only 2500 feet in elevation.

St. Patrick supposedly fasted for 40 days on top of the mountain in the 5th century.  On the last Sunday of July ("Reek Sunday") each year there is a pilgrimage of people from all over the world who climb the mountain, some in bare feet, others on their knees.  In 2006, for example, over 15,000 people climbed the mountain on that Sunday.

Ronan and I planned to climb it, but unfortunately on that Saturday afternoon we had a bit of rain that would have made the hike somewhat unpleasant.  I did take a few pictures of the mountain while I was in Westport from different vantage points.

Croagh Patrick seen from Westport
Croagh Patrick viewed from the grounds of Westport House

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