Reek Sunday

  • Thousands of pilgrims are expected to climb Croagh Patrick this Reek Sunday weekend.

    Accurate counting procedures undertaken by Mayo county council indicated that 5,000 people climbed Mayo’s holy mountain on Reek Sunday last year.

    Masses will be celebrated on the summit from 8am on Sunday morning next, on the hour,  until 2pm. While a Mass will take place at the base of the mountain at Murrisk on this Friday, Garland Friday, the day that many local people traditionally make the climb.

    Fr Charlie McDonnell is the Adminstrator in the parish of Westport , where Croagh Patrick is situated, he told Midwest News today   that it’s a busy week  - as final preparations are made for Reek Sunday.

    He is advising pilgrims not to take any risks, if they do not feel physically able to climb, they should not attempt to reach the summit. 

    He says the condition of the cone, close to the summit is deteriorating and while its hoped to reduce the problem over the next number of years, it is a very difficult climb at present that should not be underestimated.

  • 140 rescue volunteers are taking part in the biggest co-ordinated mountain challenge of the year.

    It's Reek Sunday - with barefoot pilgrims taking their place among an estimated 15,000 people who will climb Croagh Patrick in County Mayo today, as part of a Catholic tradition dating back 1,500 years.

    Keelan Moran from the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps says hundreds of volunteers are standing by to help pilgrims complete their challenge.

  • Archbishop Michael Neary will lead the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage this Sunday.

    On Saturday evening, Archbishop Neary will celebrate Mass in St Mary's Church, Westport at 6.30pm to mark the official start of this year's pilgrimage.

    On Reek Sunday, Mass will be celebrated on Croagh Patrick every hour from 8am to 2pm.

    Confessions will also be available on the summit from 7.30am to 2pm.

    Those making the climb this weekend are advised to come prepared - with wet gear, sun screen, appropriate footwear, water and snacks.

    Keelin Moran of the Westport Order of Malta says it's very important for people climbing the Reek this weekend, or any time of the year, to be prepared for the challenge.

     

  • Archbishop Michael Neary will lead the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage tomorrow (Sunday).

    Later this evening ( Sat), Archbishop Neary will celebrate Mass in St Mary's Church, Westport at 6.30pm to mark the official start of this year's pilgrimage.

    On Reek Sunday, Mass will be celebrated on Croagh Patrick every hour from 8am to 2pm.

    The Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan will celebrate the 9am Mass, and Archbishop Neary will celebrate Mass at 11am.

    Confessions will also be available on the summit from 7.30am to 2pm.

    Those making the climb this weekend are advised to come prepared - with wet gear, sun screen, appropriate footwear, water and snacks.

  • It will be the first week in June before any decision can be taken as to whether or not the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick will go ahead on the last Sunday in July this year.

    That’s according to local administrator in Westport, Fr Charlie McDonnell.

    Fr Charlie says whatever decision is taken in June, it will take on fully the public health safety guidelines at the time.

    If it is to go ahead this year, it may have to be an all ticket event, but that all remains up in the air for now.

     

     

  • Eight people have received medical treatment, following a busy day for mountain rescue volunteers on Croagh Patrick.

    Thousands of pilgrims have climbed the Reek today, as part of the annual pilgrimage.

    Between 9am and lunchtime, five people required medical treatment, and one man suffering from chest pains was airlifted to hospital by Aer Corps helicopter.

    Three women and two men required medical assistance this morning, for ankle injuries, dehydration and other minor injuries.

    Another three people were treated this afternoon -  a woman who suffered a knee injury, a man who suffered abrasions and a 12-year old child was treated for cuts after falling.

    All three were treated in the medical tent on the Reek, and were able to walk off the mountain.

    Weather conditions on the mountain were described as good for the annual pilgrimage, which was led this morning by the Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary.

  • Weather conditions are described as good for the thousands of people making the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage.

    The Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary led the pilgrimage on the holy mountain this morning, and celebrated Mass on the summit.

    In his homily, Archbishop neary noted the slow, silent decline of faith in Ireland, and said pilgrimages provide an opportunity to take stock, and also a time to discover new heart.

    He said the call of Croagh Patrick is a call to holiness, to meaning, belonging and home.

    140 rescue volunteers are also taking part in the annual Reek pilgrimage this weekend, with volunteers from all 11 mountain rescue teams in Ireland assisted by the Calder Valley Mountain Rescue team from the UK.

    Four people have been treated for injuries so far today, with one man being airlifted to hospital with chest pains.

  • Organisers of the annual Reek Sunday climb of Croagh Patrick have appealed to people to stay away next Sunday, due to coronavirus.

    The pilgrimage traditionally takes place on the last Sunday of July each year, and attracted some 25,000 pilgrims during last year's climb.

    It was confirmed in May that this year's pilgrimage would be cancelled, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

    However, concerns were expressed about the large numbers of people arriving in Murrisk to climb the Reek last weekend, parking in the local carpark and lining the public road close to Croagh Patrick.

    Superintendent Joe Doherty is appealing to the public to abide by Covid-19 restrictions, and not to travel to Murrisk on Sunday as this year's pilgrimage has been cancelled.

    Speaking to Midwest News, Superintendent Doherty said the car parks will be closed, and any cars found to be parked illegally will be towed, and a fee applied.

    He said there will be a Garda presence in the area this Sunday on traffic duty, and he's asking for co-operation from the public.

  • Reek Sunday 2020 has been cancelled.It’s another casualty of the Covid 19 pandemic

    Local administrator Fr Charlie McDonnell appeals to pilgrims to respect what he terms “the difficult decision”.

    The decision has been taken after extensive consultation with the many community groups that organise the annual event that takes place on the last Sunday in July.

    Respecting the government’s national Covid-19 restrictions and protecting public health were, according to Fr Charlie, the leading reasons for the cancellation of this year’s pilgrimage.

    This morning he explained the cancellation to Midwest News.

  • Today is Reek Sunday in County Mayo, with up to 10,000 people expected to climb Croagh Patrick.

    Pilgrims began the three-mile trip over a 750-metre climb at first light  this morning and will continue right throughout the day.

    Hourly masses will be held at the summit, and confessions will be heard up to 2 o'clock this afternoon.

    The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps are urging pilgrims to climb sensibly this Reek Sunday.

  • The cancellation of the 2020 Croagh Patrick pilgrimage was announced yesterday by the Administrator in Westport, Fr  Charlie McDonnell.

    The event has been cancelled due to public health concerns and the practicalities of adhering to social distancing rules during the climb.

    The decision was made after extensive consultation with the many groups that are involved in the annual event that attracts thousands of pilgrims each year, on the last Sunday in July.

    However, Archbishop Michael Neary will celebrate the vigil Mass in Westport on Saturday 25 July at 6:30 pm which will be offered for the intentions of all who intended to make the pilgrimage.  

    Prayer intentions can be emailed at any time to reek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Westport Parish, Co Mayo. 

    The Mass will be live-streamed on the parish Facebook page ‘St Marys Church Westport’ which can be accessed on www.westportparish.ie

    Archbishop Neary says “the National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday is an important annual occasion for many people, and it has a long and distinguished history.  

    This year, however, having consulted with the various statutory and non-statutory bodies involved in the Reek pilgrimage, having in mind the Government’s “Roadmap” for emerging from the coronavirus pandemic, and accepting the clear public health advice offered, it is necessary to cancel the 2020 National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on 26 July”. 

     

  • The Irish Air Corps has come to the assistance of a pilgrim climbing Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday.

    A woman in her mid forties is believed to have suffered a minor heart issue and was airlifted to Mayo General Hospital earlier.

    Another climber was sent to hospital as a precaution, after showing signs of exhaustion.

    It is reported that so far today, 19 pilgrims who are climbing the mountain, have been treated for minor injuries.

    Mountain Rescue Ireland, the Irish Air Corps and the Gardai are among those overseeing safety.