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[ Date: September 23, 2017 11:42 pm ]

Croagh Patrick

CROAGH PATRICK – THE HOLY MOUNTAIN AND VISITOR CENTRE

Teach Na Miasa, Murrisk, Co. Mayo   email: info@croagh-patrick.com    Phone – 098 64114

Where is Croagh Patrick? 

Croagh Patrick is situated near the town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland.  The main pilgrimage route originates in the village of Murrisk, 8km outside Westport. The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre, Teach na Miasa, is situated in Murrisk on the Pilgrim’s path at the base of Croagh Patrick mountain and opposite the National Famine Monument.

Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.

The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Its religious significance dates back to the time of the pagans, when people are thought to have gathered here to celebrate the beginning of harvest season.

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. The Black Bell of Saint Patrick was a highly venerated relic on Croagh Patrick for many years.

The first stop on the pilgrimage is Saint Patrick’s statue erected in 1928 by Reverend Father Patterson with money he collected in America towards the rebuilding of Saint Mary’s Church in Westport.

Each year, The Reek, as it is colloquially known, attracts about 1 million pilgrims. On ‘Reek Sunday’, the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims visit the Reek. At the top, there is a modern chapel where mass is celebrated and confessions are heard. Individuals and groups come from all over the world and include pilgrims, hill climbers, historians, archaeologists and nature lovers.

The other traditional Pilgrimage days are the last Friday of July which is known locally as ‘Garland Friday’, and August 15th which is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.

Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are spectacular from all stages of the ascent of the mountain. It is one of the highest peaks in the West of Ireland. It rises 750 metres (2,500 feet) into the sky above County Mayo

Need To Know

How high above sea level is Croagh Patrick?

Croagh Patrick rises to a height of 762m above sea level.

How long does the climb take?

Normally, it takes about two hours for the average person to reach the summit, and one and a half hours to descend. What equipment is necessary for the climb? It is advisable to take sturdy footwear, rainwear and some drinking water. Climbing sticks are for sale at the Centre.

Can I take my car part of the way?

You may drive to the car park at the Information Centre, but from there its foot power only. What does ‘Teach na Miasa’ mean? It means the house of the dishes. The road on which the centre is built is known as ‘Bóthar na Miasa’ – ‘ The road of the dishes ‘ and it is reputed that the monks of nearby Murrisk Abbey washed their utensils in the stream which runs alongside.

What services are provided at the Centre?

The Centre provides the following facilities: restaurant, information services. Guided tours of the mountain. Packed lunches. Secure lockers, craft shop, shower facilities (for a nominal fee).