Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick is an important site of pilgrimage. It is a 764 m (2,510 ft) mountain in the west of Ireland, located 8 km from Westport, County Mayo above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey.

On “Reek Sunday”, the last Sunday in July every year, over 25 thousand pilgrims climb this mountain, many of whom even climb barefoot. The mountain was created by a glacier flowing into Clew Bay in the last Ice Age.

Croagh Patrick derives its name from the Irish Cruach Phádraig (“Saint Patrick’s mountain”). Locally is known as the Reek. In the Annals of Ulster entry for the year 1113, the mountain is named Cruachán Aigle (“eagle mountain”).

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