Pilgrims flock to Croagh Patrick

Monday 30 July 2007 12.45
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Croagh Patrick - Around 30k people climbed
Croagh Patrick - Around 30k people climbed
Croagh Patrick - Pilgrims began the climb from early morning
Croagh Patrick - Pilgrims began the climb from early morning
Annual Pilgrimage - Many walk in bare feet
Annual Pilgrimage - Many walk in bare feet
Summit of mountain - Mass held hourly
Summit of mountain - Mass held hourly

In excess of 30,000 people climbed Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo today during the National Pilgrimage to the mountain.

Climbing conditions were good although some people suffered minor foot injuries and one man who suffered a suspected heart attack was airlifted to Mayo General Hospital.

Mass was celebrated on the summit every hour from 8am to 2pm.

Earlier, the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team called on all those intending to climb to be mindful of the weather conditions, and to bring suitable clothing.

An estimated 20,000 people took part in the annual pilgrimage last year. They had to endure some of the worst weather conditions in recent years.

Many people still complete the mountain climb in their bare feet.