Up to 12,000 participate in Reek pilgrimage in Mayo

Sunday 29 July 2012 22.40
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Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary led pilgrims with Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown
Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary led pilgrims with Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown
Annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo
Annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo

Up to 12,000 people took part in climbing Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo for the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage.

Despite favourable climbing conditions figures were down.

Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary led pilgrims on the climb which has been undertaken for hundreds of years.

He was joined by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown.

Mass was celebrated on the summit from 8am and at every half-hour until the last mass at 2pm. 

Over 600 local volunteers were on hand to help pilgrims and no major injuries were reported.

A few brave pilgrims climbed Croagh Patrick bare foot.