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The CROAGH VISITOR CENTRE is situated in MURRISK on the PILGRIM'S PATH at the base of Croagh Patrick and opposite the NATIONAL FAMINE MONUMENT.
Croagh Patrick is only 5 miles from the picturesque town of WESTPORT and its conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside.
Magnificent views of CLEW BAY and the surrounding south MAYO-countryside are spectacular from all stages of the ascent of the mountain!
And then about this famous MOUNTAIN: the mountain itself is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of St. Patrick's fast on the mountain for 40 days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.
On REEK SUNDAY, the last Sunday in July, over 25.000 pilgrims visit the Reek.
Individuals and groups come from all over the world and amongst these are pilgrims, hill climbers, historians, archaeologists and of course nature lovers.
The tradition of the pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5000 years from the STONE AGE to the present day and that without interruption, imagine that!
It is such a wonderful thought.....
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