Croke Patrick

A holiday around Mayo brought us to this spot. It’s Croke Patrick, the place for the annual pilgrimage on July 26th to the top of the mountain you see in the image…the one in the clouds. There’s a church on the top and mass is celebrated there. A fit person could take 2 hours+ to get there but some, including the elderly take the trek barefoot. Up to 20,000 people can be on the mountain at any one time.
We visited a few days before the pilgrimage and took a few hundred yards of a trek…purely for photographic reasons, you understand! Although having 3 young lads with a fetish for throwing stones does limit your time anywhere. If you’re in the region of Mayo, Ireland I’d recommend a visit. The views from the top are spectacular…I believe.
As ever, this image was processed. You can see the original by clicking on the image above to see the subtle processing done. A word of warning – this may look a little washed out on an uncalibrated monitor.

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