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Annual pilgrimage at Croagh Patrick Co Mayo is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Annual pilgrimage at Croagh Patrick Co Mayo is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions

The annual pilgrimage at Croagh Patrick Co Mayo, has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Thousands of people were due to climb what is known as the country’s holiest mountain on ‘Reek Sunday’.

The pilgrimage is traditionally held on the last Sunday in July but gardaí say conditions on the mountain are unsafe this year.

Up to 300 volunteers from more than a dozen mountain rescue teams around the country had travelled to Co Mayo to assist those making the climb today.

However, Met Éireann is forecasting heavy rain with isolated thunderstorms and gardaí say due to these treacherous conditions, they will have to cancel the event.

Masses that were due to be celebrated by the Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary on Croagh Patrick from 8.30am, will now take place at the nearby Lecanvey Church instead.