The traditional last Sunday in July pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick continues in a more commercially minded world.

Pilgrims many of them barefoot climb Croagh Patrick to pray on Reek Sunday.

They came in mist soaked dawn hours to pray and to climb.

The pilgrimage is an expression of faith at a time when many feel traditional faith is under threat. Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary is concerned that there is a growing tendency for Sunday to become a day of work and unnecessary commercial activity, which he describes as a sinister form of slavery.

While acknowledging that some work is necessary and must continue on Sunday, he believes that most activities are a violation of the Sabbath.

I think people are under sufficient pressure without expecting them to work unnecessarily.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 July 1998. The reporter is Jim Fahy.