Croagh Patrick Events
The sun was shining on Sunday morning for the beginning of the annual pilgrimage to climb Croagh Patrick. The conditions on the Reek where perfect for climbing, which hasn't happened in many years due to rain fall.
Pilgrims began arriving early Sunday morning to make the climb. Archbishop of Tuam Michael Nearly led the pilgrimage up the reek at 7am followed by many pilgrims. It was estimated that Reek Sunday attracted 5,000 pilgrims. The day ran well with supports from the Garda, Mayo Mountain Rescue, Order of Mata and Murrrisk Development Association Volunteers.
We hope all our visitors had an amazing day and look forward to seeing you all in the village of Murrisk again.
The reek weekend starts off this Friday (27th of July) with Mass on the summit of Croagh Patrick at 10 am, later in the evening mass will be in the Car park at the foot of the reek at 7.30pm. All welcome.
Reek SundayReek Sunday is 29th July
Croagh Patrick has been a place of religious and spiritual significance and of pilgrimage since prehistoric times, with continual pilgrimage for more than 1,500 years.
The annual National Pilgrimage takes place on the last Sunday in July each year, this day being known as ‘Garland Sunday’ or, locally, ‘Reek Sunday’.
Each year over 20,000 pilgrims, young and old, and from far and wide join together in the traditional pilgrimage and climb of Croagh Patrick.
Several Masses are celebrated in the old church on the top of the mountain which was built in 1905 and confessions can heard.
The weekend requires local government, agencies, volunteer groups and local people to work together harmoniously. The success of Reek Weekend is a great example of the partnership, co-operation and practical support that exists in the local community today.