Virtual Tour of Croagh Patrick

1)
MURRISK ABBEY

In 1457 the Augustinians, Father O’Malley was granted permission to
build a church and friary in Murrisk. The abbey is now in ruins, though
a fine remaining feature is a five-light window on the east wall of the
church and the embattled parapet, which crowns the south wall.
2)
FAMINE MONUMENT

The John Behan sculptor depicts a ‘’Coffin Ship’’
with skeleton bones that commemorates the anniversary of the National Famine
over one hundred and fifty years ago.

3)
ST. PATRICK’S STATUE

Is erected near the base of the mountain by Father Pattterson in 1928. It
is not one of the official stations of the reek. However, this is the start
and finish of the pilgrimage.

4A)
FIRST STATION

Leacht Benain ( named after Saint Patrick’s disciple Benignus) is
at the base of the cone, consisting of a small circular cairn of stones.
The pilgrim walks around it seven times and says seven Our Fathers, seven
Hail Mary’s and one Creed.
4B)
TOCHAR PHADRAIG

Tochar Phadraig ( Patrick’s Causeway ) is a very ancient route extending
from Leacht Benain on Croagh Patrick to Ballintubber Abbey and predates
Saint Patrick’s visit to Croagh Patrick.

5A)
SECOND STATION

On reaching the summit, the pilgrim the second station of the reek by kneeling
and saying seven Our Fathers, seven Hail Mary’s and one Creed.

5B)

After praying for the Pope’s intention near the Chaplet, the pilgrim
then walks fifteen times round the church in a clockwise direction saying
fifteen Our Fathers, fifteen Hail Mary’s and one Creed.
5C)
Leaba Phadraig (Patrick’s Bed) is the conclusion of the second station.
Here pilgrims walk round seven times, saying seven a Our Fathers, seven
Hail Mary’s and one Creed.

5D)
Rober Binn or more commonly known as ‘’ Bob of the Reek’’
lived on the summit for 14 years in the early 19th century. He is buried
on the summit.
6A)
THIRD STATION

ROILING MHUIRE ( Virgin’s Cemetery) is some distance down on the western
side of the mountain. Here there are three cairns of stones and the pilgrim
walks seven times round each cairn, saying seven Our Fathers, seven Hail
Mary’s and one Creed and finally goes round the whole enclosure seven
times praying.

Roiling Mhuire
is also known as Garrai Mor ( Big Garden) and is probably a pre-Christian
grave.

7)
BERTRA BEACH

Lying at the north base of Croagh Patrick is the beautiful Bertra beach,
which is one of Ireland’s only tombola. A tombola is an area of sand
or gravel connecting the mainland to an offshore island. This is one of
the most wondrous sites from the top of the mountain on a clear day.
Pilgrimages
have been carried out continuously at Croagh Patrick since St. Patrick’s
time, and the dates have varied over the centuries. The three days when
services are available on the summit are:


  1. Last Sunday of July, otherwise known as ”Reek Sunday”, which is the
    national pilgrimage day on the mountain.
  2. Last
    Friday in July, known as ”Garland Friday”.
  3. 15th
    August (Feast of the Assumption).

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