The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption.
Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation. .
On ‘Reek Sunday’, the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims visit the Reek.
Individuals and groups come from all over the world and include pilgrims, hill climbers, historians, archaeologists and nature lovers.
This past June, I married a Mayo man and when July came around, I joined the family tradition of climbing the Reek. It was a beautiful clear day and a fulfilling experience and did inspire this series.