Croagh Patrick

  • Thousands of pilgrims are expected to climb Croagh Patrick this Reek Sunday weekend.

    Accurate counting procedures undertaken by Mayo county council indicated that 5,000 people climbed Mayo’s holy mountain on Reek Sunday last year.

    Masses will be celebrated on the summit from 8am on Sunday morning next, on the hour,  until 2pm. While a Mass will take place at the base of the mountain at Murrisk on this Friday, Garland Friday, the day that many local people traditionally make the climb.

    Fr Charlie McDonnell is the Adminstrator in the parish of Westport , where Croagh Patrick is situated, he told Midwest News today   that it’s a busy week  - as final preparations are made for Reek Sunday.

    He is advising pilgrims not to take any risks, if they do not feel physically able to climb, they should not attempt to reach the summit. 

    He says the condition of the cone, close to the summit is deteriorating and while its hoped to reduce the problem over the next number of years, it is a very difficult climb at present that should not be underestimated.

  • 140 rescue volunteers are taking part in the biggest co-ordinated mountain challenge of the year.

    It's Reek Sunday - with barefoot pilgrims taking their place among an estimated 15,000 people who will climb Croagh Patrick in County Mayo today, as part of a Catholic tradition dating back 1,500 years.

    Keelan Moran from the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps says hundreds of volunteers are standing by to help pilgrims complete their challenge.

  • Mayo Mountain Rescue  say a total of 17 people were treated for a variety of injuries yesterday as 5,000 people climbed Croagh Patrick for Reek Sunday.

    Weather conditions were favourable for the annual pilgrimage, and helped in reducing the number of severe casualties.

    Cameron Clotworthy of Mayo Mountain Rescue told Midwest News this morning that the dry weather appears to have reduced the number of serious casualties on the holy mountain yesterday, compared to recent Reek Sundays.

  • Archbishop Michael Neary will lead the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage this Sunday.

    On Saturday evening, Archbishop Neary will celebrate Mass in St Mary's Church, Westport at 6.30pm to mark the official start of this year's pilgrimage.

    On Reek Sunday, Mass will be celebrated on Croagh Patrick every hour from 8am to 2pm.

    Confessions will also be available on the summit from 7.30am to 2pm.

    Those making the climb this weekend are advised to come prepared - with wet gear, sun screen, appropriate footwear, water and snacks.

    Keelin Moran of the Westport Order of Malta says it's very important for people climbing the Reek this weekend, or any time of the year, to be prepared for the challenge.

     

  • Archbishop Michael Neary will lead the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage tomorrow (Sunday).

    Later this evening ( Sat), Archbishop Neary will celebrate Mass in St Mary's Church, Westport at 6.30pm to mark the official start of this year's pilgrimage.

    On Reek Sunday, Mass will be celebrated on Croagh Patrick every hour from 8am to 2pm.

    The Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan will celebrate the 9am Mass, and Archbishop Neary will celebrate Mass at 11am.

    Confessions will also be available on the summit from 7.30am to 2pm.

    Those making the climb this weekend are advised to come prepared - with wet gear, sun screen, appropriate footwear, water and snacks.

  • Five years ago, Claire Scahill was struck down with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) and was confined to a wheelchair for over a year. During that time, as she struggled with the disorder, she dreamed of climbing Croagh Patrick . After a monumental effort to walk again, Claire decided that she would make good on that dream and so, on Saturday the 7th of July, she will attempt to climb the famous mountain with family and friends. Listen back to Claire's story, and donate if you can to the effort as she aims to raise awareness of FND and funds for FND Hope. You can donate here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/claire-scahill1

  • Weather conditions are described as good for the thousands of people making the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage.

    The Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary led the pilgrimage on the holy mountain this morning, and celebrated Mass on the summit.

    In his homily, Archbishop neary noted the slow, silent decline of faith in Ireland, and said pilgrimages provide an opportunity to take stock, and also a time to discover new heart.

    He said the call of Croagh Patrick is a call to holiness, to meaning, belonging and home.

    140 rescue volunteers are also taking part in the annual Reek pilgrimage this weekend, with volunteers from all 11 mountain rescue teams in Ireland assisted by the Calder Valley Mountain Rescue team from the UK.

    Four people have been treated for injuries so far today, with one man being airlifted to hospital with chest pains.

  • A protest is taking place at Croagh Patrick today as the Reek Sunday pilgrimage takes place.

    Members of the local community in Murrisk are protesting in relation to the situation regarding drinking water in the area.

    There are signs erected on Croagh Patrick advising pilgrims not to drink the water as there have been concerns over the quality for a substantial period of time.

    On Friday Minister Michael Ring organised a meeting between Irish Water, Mayo County Council and representatives from Louisburgh and Murrisk.

    At that meeting Irish Water confirmed a commitment to bring a water supply to both areas.

     

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has received a commitment from Irish Water that the utility will provide a water supply to Louisburgh and Murrisk.

    Minister Ring received that commitment from Irish Water at a meeting this week, where Irish Water, Mayo County Council and representatives from Murrsk and Louisburgh were in attendance.

    He says that he would like to see the Lough Mask to Westport scheme extended out to serve both areas but the final details of how the water will be brought out will have to be ironed out.

    He says Murrisk will also have to set up a new group water scheme, while one is in place in Louisburgh.

  • A public meeting will be held in Lecanvey next Monday evening, amid threats from local landowners in Murrisk to close access to the commonage at Croagh Patrick this Summer, in a protest over water quality.

    Thousands of pilgrims climb the Reek each year – including over 20,000 on Reek Sunday at the end of July.

    It’s now emerged that a young child from Murrisk was recently admitted to Mayo University Hospital where she was diagnosed with e-coli and cryptosporidium.

    The incident has served to highlight the seriousness of the water problem in the area, according to Chris Grady, Chairman of Murrisk Development Association.

    Mr Grady has confirmed that “people with commonage rights have suggested blocking the pathway” to highlight the fact that the area is relying on water coming from streams on the mountain.

    Mayo County Council has erected signs in the carpark at the base of Croagh Patrick advising that the water is not fit for human consumption.

    Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has highlighted the issue at a number of council meetings, and says it’s a disgrace that the water is unfit for purpose at a national pilgrimage site.

    A public meeting will be held at 8pm next Monday night to discuss the issue and decide on what action to take.

    Mayo County Council wants the Murrisk community to set up its own group water scheme, while the local community wants the public water system to be extended from Westport.

  • The public toilets at the carpark in Murrisk , at the base of Croagh Patrick are a disgrace, according to local Independent councillor Christy Hyland.

    The councillor raised his concerns over the facility at the monthly meeting of West Mayo Municipal District.

    He called on the council to update the facilities, describing the present building as something like you would see in a prison back in the 1960s.

    In addition councillor Hyland called for a counter system, similar to that operated by Mayo county council on Croagh Patrick, be installed at the Famine Monument across the road from the Murrisk carpark, in an attempt to quantify the number of visitors to the site.

    Councillor Hyland told Midwest News today that  the present public toilet facility at Croagh Patrick is not acceptable considering up to 120,000 people climb the holy mountain annually.

  • A Westport Councillor will climb Croagh Patrick backwards tomorrow in aid of Mayo Mountain Rescue.

    Fianna Fail Cllr Brendan Mulroy is undertaking the challenge to raise funds for the voluntary organisation.

    Last autumn Cllr Mulroy said he would undertake the challenge if Mayo won the All-Ireland Senior Football Final.

    Mayo didn’t get the result but Cllr Mulroy decided it would be a unique fundraising idea.

    People can still donate to the challenge via Cllr Mulroy’s Facebook page or by calling him directly on 087-9820542.