The Reek Sunday pilgrimage to the top of Croagh Patrick becomes a daylight climb.

The annual pilgrimage to the top of Croagh Patrick had taken place at night for almost 50 years. Archbishop Joseph Cunnane of Tuam made the decision to switch to day time following concerns that the special permission given to pubs to stay open all night was encouraging pilgrims to get drunk. 

A smaller crowd than usual turned out on Reek Sunday.  20,000 made their way up the mountain, where mass was held hourly at the summit between 9.00am and 3.00pm.

Archbishop Joseph Cunnane celebrated the noon mass and presented papal medals to long-serving stewards Austin Gannon and Michael Kelly.

An RTÉ News report broadcast 28 July 1974.

Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage