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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
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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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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Croagh Patrick (<i>Cruach Phádraig</i>) in area Croagh Patrick, Ireland
Picture: The Reek from Ben Goram
Iconic much-eroded conical peak overlooking Clew Bay
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Peter Walker, CaptainVertigo, scapania  18 Aug 2023
Croagh Patrick, aka The Reek, is an instantly recognisable conical seaside peak a few k SW of Westport. It’s one of the country’s busiest hills with a significant amount of summiteers on one day of the year – ‘Reek Sunday’ (last Sun in July). The regular route is quite bare and slippy esp on descent but otherwise there are no dangers. Wonderful views to be had of Mweelrae, Sheeffrys, Nephins and the island-studded Clew Bay.

N. The shortest and most common route starts from the large carpark in Murrisk L91928 82318 starA and needs little comment beyond emphasizing the high level of erosion en route, esp on the v steep section of the summit cone. 1.5 hrs

W. For a quieter, less eroded route park at L87542 80732 starB where there is room on the roadside for 3 cars, or further up opposite some farmhouses (ask for permission at the 5th house just before the road becomes a farm track). Cross a fence and head roughly NE across an open field by a fence. The ground becomes steep, rough and rocky as you gain height to the summit of BG. From here, there’s a well worn track to CP. 2hrs+

You can also summit CP via a car split and a long, rewarding traverse of the range starting at L94951 80955 starC

N. It’s also possible to approach from near Lecanvey. Room for one car in the vicinity of L89406 82389 starD. Ask for permission to access the open hillside and aim for the track at L89253 81214 starE which takes you onto the ridge to the W of CP.

Notable tracks incl track/3655 and the full ridge track/1510. Linkback:
It was August 2003 and this was the first mountai .. by tiktiktik3   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig))
My first ascent of the Reek .. by happymourneview   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig))
I climbed Croagh Patrick twice in the past few da .. by DavidG   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig))
Croagh Patrick is, by far, the most climbed mount .. by pj   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig))
Climbed the Reek on a good day in july 04. Erros .. by phutch   (Show all for Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig))
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