Sunday, July 27, 2014
Twenty thousand people climbed Croagh Patrick today to celebrate the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage. The large group of hikers was led by the Archbishop of Tuam. According to the legend, Saint Patrick climbed this mountain in 441 and fasted for 40 days. This is also the spot, according to legend, where he drove the snakes out of Ireland.
In 2012, was the first time that I saw Croagh Patrick. I was standing in the parking lot of the old Islandeady Cemetery and could see it to our west. Let me give proper thanks to my brother Danny for not only pointing it out at the time but also giving us a brief history lesson about the mountain and St. Patrick.