25,000 take part in Croagh Patrick pilgrimageSunday 25 July 1999 22.11
An estimated 25,000 people took part in the annual pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick in County Mayo today. The first of the pilgrims began climbing the mountain before daybreak, in what were described as ideal conditions. In a sermon on the summit of the mountain, the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, stressed the need for ensuring that the extraordinary developments which the country is experiencing be shared by all. He said that Irish people could now look forward with confidence to an attractive future in their own country, which in the past had only been available to a privileged class and this now carried the responsibility of making these opportunities available to all. He said that the quality of life here was something which previous generations and emigrants could only have dreamed of.