Posts Tagged ‘Croagh Patrick’

The Pain and the Pleasure

Reek Sunday, the last Sunday in July, when pilgrims climb Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick went ahead with far few climbers this year. Fr. Charlie McDonnell, parish priest of Westport, speaking to Patsy McGarry for the Irish Times, explained that the numbers at the mountain were “the smallest attendance of any Sunday this year, estimating that “between 400Read more..

A Climb to Give Thanks

New York City native Patrick Connolly celebrated his 90th birthday by making a pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick. Most people, upon reaching their 90th birthday, celebrate the milestone in some way that is significant to themselves and to their loved ones. Most people, upon reaching their 90th birthday, however, do not climb mountains – significant orRead more..

The Jewel of the West

A visit to Westport encompasses many aspects of the unique history of the West of Ireland. ℘℘℘ On a clear day the panoramic vista from Sheeaune Hill on the Castlebar Road approach to Westport, Co. Mayo, is breathtaking. The town snuggles in a cosy hollow that is dominated by the pyramidal peak of Ireland’s holyRead more..