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.


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