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Croagh Patrick Area   N: North Ridge Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 30, 31, 37, 38, CBE, CBW, MSW 
Highest place:
Croagh Patrick, 764m
Maximum height for area: 764 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 639 metres,

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Croagh Patrick Mountain Cruach Phádraig A name in Irish (Ir. Cruach Phádraig [GE], 'Patrick’s stack') Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartzite, psammite, basal conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 764m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 30 Grid Reference: L90584 80197
Place visited by 1233 members. Recently by: Ghreallaigh, 500plusclub, derekfanning, Gordonaplace, hibby, landyliam, jimmy6, deirdremaryann, killianlong, tmcginty, garv60, nevgeoran, scottyplusone, cfennelly, ElaineM76
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Longitude: -9.659247, Latitude: 53.760033 , Easting: 90584, Northing: 280197 Prominence: 639m,  Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 490593 780213,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrghPt, 10 char: CrghPtrck
Bedrock type: Quartzite, psammite, basal conglomerate, (Cregganbaun Formation)

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 66th highest in Ireland.

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Kennyjonathan400 on Croagh Patrick, 2010
by Kennyjonathan400  27 Jan 2010
Frosty picture of the church on top of Croagh Patrick, taken by my dad, new years day 2010. Linkback:
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rmilne on Croagh Patrick, 2004
by rmilne  13 Oct 2004
Zipped up this peak early (8am) Saturday morning 11 Sept. Luckily not the major hangover problem I expected. Followed the normal path and was up in 1hr 10 min. I was very surprised that the path went straight up the wide scree of the summit cone instead of making zig-zags. Must be heart breakingly steep for some, but shorter if you are bare foot or prostate!
I did circle the cairn and the church once each. Hard to say where the exact high point is, I finally accepted L90583 80197 A as the top.
Sunny at the bottom (see photo), but v windy, mist and drizzle on top. Met a guy going up in blue jeans and a sweater, good luck to him!
Photo shows most of the route, the path is visible on the far left as a light diagnol line to the col. Summit totally socked in!
Back to the car in 2 hours and headed for Mweelrea. Linkback:
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Thylacine on Croagh Patrick, 2008
by Thylacine  6 Jul 2008
I was determined to climb The Reek while holidaying in Mayo this year. This was my first outing with a defined goal of actually ascending a peak for many years, so I got myself a decent pair of boots and set off. I was dropped at the car park around 11.45 last Thursday (26-06) and found the climb utterly exhilarating. Tricky at times, but very enjoyable. When I got to the top, I had a brief glimpse of the wonderful view before the cloud set in again and it got cold and wet very quickly. Resting for a few minutes and a quick re-fuel before the descent. I was in the visitor centre by 2pm, having nearly split myself on a large, wet rock on the final third, and I wasn't even rushing at that point! The boots cost a few quid, but they repaid me instantly then, preventing an embarassing spill! Well bitten by the bug again, I realised why I loved hill walking before. No doubt I'll be at it more often now! This site is also excellent giving me a chance to write this tripe and serve as motivation as well as providing information and advice from the rest of you all! I look forward to adding more ticks to my list! Linkback:
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Sweeney on Croagh Patrick, 2003
by Sweeney  3 Jan 2003
Church on summit of Croagh Patrick. Photo taken during sunset on the 31st of December 2001 looking out over the Atlantic. Linkback:
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Baa on Croagh Patrick, 2007
by Baa  13 Aug 2007
Very heavily littered. Saw many hundreds of discarded water bottles and food wrappers. Also surrounding hillsides/summits are heavily vandalized - people spelling out their name by laying rocks. Summit itself is also blighted by an ugly church and hideous shelters. Unbelievably ugly desecration of an otherwise beautiful mountain and view. How can the Irish put up with such infantile behaviour ? Avoid this climb if you are interested in wilderness or aesthetics. Linkback:
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BIG DAY on the Reek
by swoop  11 May 2011
SAT June 4th !! - please turn up for 12 NOON and enjoy a great day.
The 365th climb for Matt Loughrey .... EPIC Linkback:
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