Croagh Patrick is a place of pilgrimage in Mayo. St. Patrick is said to have climbed this mountain to pray and fast during Lent, associating this place with peace and tranquillity.
Pilgrims follow his steps regularly and attend mass on the summit of the peak.
Pilgrims who climb Croagh Patrick perform special rituals or actions of religious significance.
Rituals of the pilgrimage
· The Rounds at the St. Patrick statue. People walk around the statue seven times while praying Our Father and Hail Mary’s.
· Climbing the Reek can take over two hours. The path is 4km long and is covered in loose stone near the peak.
· Mass at the Summit occurs in a small church. This is often preceded by doing ‘rounds’ of the church while praying.
· The Decent is tough to endure physically as it is steep.