Wet weather on Reek Sunday makes things difficult for pilgrims climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo.

Twenty thousand people take part in the annual pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick in County Mayo in extremely difficult weather conditions.

Twelve hours of constant rain made this one of the most difficult climbs of recent years.

Pilgrim Brenda Silke from Galway says that Irish people have a need to seek spirituality and that the pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick is testament to this need.

Many pilgrims make their way to the summit barefoot. Pauline Griffin from Swinford in County Mayo said a prayer before setting out that the stones would not be too hard on her feet.

Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, told the pilgrims that they should see this a time of renewal even though they might feel let down by the church, by government and by the world of banking and commerce.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 July 2002. The reporter is Jim Fahy.