Crough Patrick Mountain, County Mayo

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Croagh Patrick, nicknamed the Reek, is a 764m mountain and an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo in Ireland. It is 8km from Westport, above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. It is the third highest mountain in County Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin. It is climbed by pilgrims on Reek Sunday every year, which is the last Sunday in July. It forms the southern part of a U-shaped valley created by a glacier flowing into Clew Bay in the last Ice Age. Croagh Patrick is part of a longer east-west ridge; the westernmost peak is called Ben Gorm.NameCroagh Patrick comes from the Irish Cruach Phádraig meaning " Patrick's stack". It is known locally as "the Reek", a Hiberno-English word for a "rick" or "stack". In pagan times it was known as Cruachán Aigle, being mentioned by that name in sources such as Cath Maige Tuired, Buile Shuibhne, The Metrical Dindshenchas, and the Annals of Ulster entry for the year 1113. Cruachán is simply a diminutive of cruach "stack", but it is not certain what Aigle means. It is either from the Latin loan aquila "eagle" or a person's name. In addition to its literal meaning, cruach in the pagan name may also have some connection with Crom Cruach.
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  • Absolutely beautiful!! Well worth the hard work. Be sure to come prepared for the changeable weather and bring plenty of water and snacks  more »
  • It does not seem much, but it has sections very steep and a bit complicated, so it is not recommended to go with small children. You have very nice views from the top. Caught us when we were on top, so to see we saw little rain and bad weather. But on a sunny day, the views are breathtaking.
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  • We climbed reek Sunday at 6am was a lovely day, with Sunday coming through the clouds with a light fresh breeze. The top cleared for a few min while we were up there. We were up and down in 2hours, so...  more »

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