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Parish Walk to Croagh Patrick
Mullagh and Cross parish walk will take place on Croagh Patrick on Saturday 24th Sept, leaving Mullagh by bus at 7am – Booking in the Heritage Centre with a deposit of 10 euro before Friday next. This promises to be a most enjoyable outing. The Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are spectacular from all stages of the ascent of the mountain, making it a walker’s paradise.
8km (5 miles) west of Westport on the Louisburgh Road (R335), Croagh Patrick stands at 764m (2,507ft) and is the third highest peak in Mayo. Best known for its association with Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, who is said to have fasted for 40 days at the summit in 441AD, Croagh Patrick has been a pilgrimage destination since pre-Christian times.
The mountain’s common local name, The Reek, a reference to its distinctive conical shape, spans the millennia. It was not until the 10th century that it became known for its link to Saint Patrick, taking the name Cruach Phádraig, and subsequently the anglicised version, Croagh Patrick.
The most popular route to the summit begins at the west end of Murrisk on the Louisburgh Road (R335) at the signposted car park. The route is 7km (4.3 miles) long, round-trip; bring sturdy boots, rain-gear and layers, as the temperature can be much lower at the top, and the wind can be quite strong.
The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre includes a coffee shop/self-service restaurant, as well as a craft shop. Hot showers, secure lockers and pay and display parking are also available.
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