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Gardaí warn pilgrims to be careful ahead of Croagh Patrick trek

An estimated 25,000 people will climb Croagh Patrick this Sunday.

Pilgrims show their feet after climbing Croagh Patrick bare footed
Pilgrims show their feet after climbing Croagh Patrick bare footed
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

GARDAÍ HAVE WARNED the estimated 25,000 people who will climb Croagh Patrick on Sunday to bring food and water and to look out for opportunistic thieves.

Gardaí, the Civil Defence, the Order of Malta, Mayo Mountain Rescue and other volunteers will be working on the day to take care of any pilgrims who fall ill or are injured during the 764-metre climb.

Reek Sunday takes place on the last Sunday in July every year. It is the only day of the year that the tiny church at the top of the May mountain opens. Four people had to be rescued on the notoriously tough climb last year.

Garda Superintendent Aiden Foley called on visitors to park in designated areas and to lock all valuables in the boot of their vehicle before arriving at the mountain.

He also reminded climbers to bring enough food and water and wear suitable climbing clothes. In one of the most well-known traditions associated with the climb, some pilgrims walk the mountain barefoot to mark the pilgrimage.

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(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

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