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Croagh PatrickMountainCruach Phádraig A name in Irish (Ir. Cruach Phádraig [GE], 'Patrick’s stack')MayoCounty, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartzite, psammite, basal conglomerate Bedrock
Height:764mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 30Grid Reference: L90584 80197This summit has been logged as climbed by 950 members. Recently by: ColinCallanan, Miranda, strangeweaver, RPT3, scubabenz, Onzy, mgtrose, conrad1179, skhg, john_gavin, crankechick, Westdubber, denisnoel, pcnovice, murney I have climbed this summit: YES (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
Saint Patrick is said to have fasted for forty days on Croagh Patrick. It is from here that he is said to have banished a flock of evil black birds as well as the serpents of Ireland (a hollow to the north of the summit named Lugnademon commemorates this story). This explains its significance as a place of pilgrimage, though it was already sacred in pagan times, being a Lughnasa site [see MacNeill, 71-84]. Locally Croagh Patrick is called ‘The Reek’, a variant of the word ‘rick’ (i.e. a hayrick or haystack). ‘Cruach’ has the same meaning. In pagan times the mountain was known as Cruachán Aigle or Cruachán Garbrois. Garbros seems to be a place-name for the locality.
Croagh Patrick is the highest mountain in the Croagh Patrick area and the 65th highest in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/65/