Thanks to Fr Stephen Farragher for his excellent pictures taken from the top of Croagh Patrick (The Reek), a world-renowned place of pilgrimage.
Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage
The Ascent of the Mountain
Croagh Patrick is situated about five miles from the pretty town of Westport,
Co. Mayo, on the shore of Clew Bay, where it rises gracefully to a height
of 2,510 feet above sea-level. Most of the pilgrims come to Westport,
and make the ascent from there, though some begin the climb [...]
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In 1457 the Augustinians, Father O’Malley was granted permission to
build a church and friary in Murrisk. The abbey is now in ruins, though
a fine remaining feature is a five-light window on the east wall of the
church and the embattled parapet, which crowns the south wall.
The John Behan sculptor depicts a ‘’Coffin [...]
HOMILY OF ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL NEARY ON THE OCCASION OF THE CROAGH PATRICK PILGRIMAGE 2007.
A visiting English travel writer once described the beauty of Croagh Patrick on discovering it for the first time as he drove between Ballina and Castlebar on a brisk February morning. The quartzite stone seemed to reflect [...]
HOMILY FOR CROAGH PATRICK PILGRIMAGE 2009.
Climbing a mountain with a heavy heart slows you down. Throughout the years of this pilgrimage God only knows the pain people carried to the summit. Some struggled with extreme poverty, some grew weak in days of famine. Many had watched their sons and daughters [...]
Mass was broadcast live on Sunday July 27th on RTE television. The text of the Archbishop’s homily is available on the link below. Members of the Diocesan Vocations Committee, along with Mercy and Presentation Sisters distributed vocations literature from a tent at the bottom of the Reek. The broadcast can be viewed on the RTÉ [...]
HOMILY FOR CROAGH PATRICK PILGRIMAGE 2006
BY ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL NEARY
I welcome all the pilgrims to Croagh Patrick on the occasion of the National Pilgrimage. We come in a spirit of prayer and penance as we follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick. He was an exile among us and on this [...]