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WATCH: Thousands climb Croagh Patrick in annual Pilgrimage

The pilgrims started to climb the holy mountain around 3am, the first of some 30,000 or so people said to make the pilgrimage each year.

Some take part for a special cause or to ask for a blessing.

And there are pilgrims of all ages.

This photo from Fr Paddy Byrne shows the tough climb on shale near the summit.

There were plenty of pilgrims returning to make the climb – for some its a yearly event and an important expression of their faith.

Mass was offered at 12 noon at the small chapel at the summit under blue skies.

Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe looked like he was taking it in his stride.

And some old memories were shared online of Reek Sundays from previous times.


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