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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 1207 members. Recently by: Andy1287, JamesClancy, stuartdonaldson, Chance, Michaelmangan, mgriffin, Paddym99, f.sokol, frostie89, upper, Annemcp, Benbruce, Alanjm, Oscar-mckinney, Oisin_Egan
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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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My apologies, I know it's a bit late for this her .. by pj   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig)) Picture about mountain Croagh Patrick (<i>Cruach Phádraig</i>) in area Croagh Patrick, Ireland
Picture: some of the scree near the top
A fine Easter Sunday climb
by LiamgMurphy  2 Apr 2013
Last weekend, while staying at a relatives place in Milltown, i decided to get up early on Easter Sunday and head for Croagh Patrick. From reading all of the comments here i knew it was doable and that the upper 200m would e tough, nevermind the descent. Anyway i decided to give it a try, having climbed Caherconree and Bautregaum a few days before.

I parked in the car park at Murrisk (Comment point A), making sure that i had 'Paid and Displayed' as the numerous signs requested! The weather was ok, a little cold and windy but i could see the summit clearly. The first hour took me up past the grotto and along a well worn track towards the saddle as mentioned by others here. It was a fabulous section with stunning views over clew bay visible from early on in the climb. When I got to the saddle, the wind really picked up from the south and gave an indication of what lay ahead at the summit.

I agree that the final 200 m are quite difficult, however good advice given here was to try and stick to the rocks jutting out from the ground and avoid the loose rock. Again, a walking stick is an absolute must and more so on the descent. This section was tricky in that the 40 or so degree field of view ahead and no sign of the church for a bit can spook you but to be fair once you concentrate on your steps, it's well doable. When i got to the top, the wind was extremely strong so i didn't hang around too long. A stunning view opened up over Clew bay and also to the South.

The descent is not as bad as it may seem on the way up, just mind your step and use the walking stick.

i loved my few hours on Croagh Patrick and will definitely return when the weather is a little bit better. Just to echo a common theme through the other comments here, wear appropriate clothing and footwear. I met many people on my way down who were either wearing wellies or runners, both of which are totally unsuitable for this mountain. Fair play to those who climb barefoot in July, but it's not something i would do! Linkback:
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Wisely decided to do the Reek from the west via B .. by liame   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig))
My wife and I climbed Croagh Patrick for the firs .. by Alaskan   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig))
Climbed Croagh Partick on the 29th Jan 2006 with .. by david bourke   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig))
Good Friday on Croagh Patrick .. by Homerclesse   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig))
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