On National Pilgrimage Day 'Seven Days' follows the pilgrim path as people climb Croagh Patrick in Mayo.

15,000 pilgrims climb 'The Reek'.

A reminder of the rigours of The Reek. There's a strange mood of reverence and revelry, penance and profit here.

Pilgrims young and old climb the mountain booted or barefoot in wet, cold and blustery conditions. According to folklore, Saint Patrick climbed the mountain and fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.

This episode of Seven Days was broadcast on 31 July 1970. The reporter is Bill O'Herlihy.

Croagh Patrick (1970)
Croagh Patrick (1970)