Mayo gears up for influx of thousands to Croagh Patrick and Bonniconlon

Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Mayo will see an influx of some 40,000 people this weekend with both the annual Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage and the Bonniconlon Show seeing thousands come to the county to take part in the events.

On Sunday the annual Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage will see an estimated 25,000 people climb Ireland's holy mountain from the early hours of the morning. Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, will lead the 2016 national Reek Sunday pilgrimage on Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo.

He will be joined this year by Archbishop Charles J Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, who will preach this year’s Croagh Patrick homily. This year’s Reek Sunday pilgrimage takes place in the context of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage has been carried out uninterrupted for more than 1,500 years. On Sunday, on the summit, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be available from 7.30am until 2pm. The first Mass will be celebrated at 8am and every half hour thereafter until the final Mass at 2pm.


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