Croagh Patrick Becomes Daylight Climb 1974

The annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage to the top of Croagh Patrick became a daylight climb on 28 July 1974. It had been a night-time event for almost 50 years, but there were concerns that the special permission given to pubs to stay open all night was encouraging pilgrims to get drunk. So Archbishop Joseph Cunnane of Tuam decided to switch it to daytime.

A smaller crowd than usual turned out on Reek Sunday 1974, but at least 20,000 made their way up the mountain, where mass was held hourly at the summit between 9.00am and 3.00pm. This RTÉ News footage shows Archbishop Cunnane celebrating the noon mass. He also presents papal medals to long-serving stewards Austin Gannon and Michael Kelly.

Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage

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