HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY

DSC_1670 Mount Brandon from Béal Bán

This will be a quiet St. Patricks Day. But we still have the beaches and the hills to enjoy, (weather permitting), but even sitting in one’s car looking out at the waves and perhaps the occasional rainbow can be a soothing, mindful experience. It will definitely be a different St. Patricks day for all of us, in many countries of the world; no parades, no parties, no going to the pub, no big social gatherings… many of us practising social isolation, for fear of catching or spreading Covid-19..

Below is a photo I took one December, of Croagh Patrick, in County Mayo, locally called The Reek. Named after St. Patrick, where he fasted for 40 days, it’s now a mountain of pilgrimage – hundreds of people climbing it in bare feet every year.  The mountain in the shot above is Mount Brandon, our local big mountain, the highest on the Dingle Peninsula, here in County Kerry in the South West of Ireland.

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It is believed that St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, in the 5th century AD, although there appears to be some evidence now that it was here before Patrick’s time.  But still St. Patrick is celebrated by Irish people every year in many countries of the world. All so different this year.  But I wish you all good health and happiness on this St. Patrick’s Day 2020.

 

CROAGH PATRICK – For St. Patrick’s Day

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This is my pastel picture of Croagh Patrick, locally known as The Reek. This was a December view, as the sun set early, and cast a red light over the mountain.

It’s an important landmark that dominates the landscape around the Westport area in County Mayo, in the Republic of Ireland.

According to legend, St. Patrick fasted for 40 days on the summit of this mountain, where there is now a chapel built. Every year, about a million people climb this mountain, and 25,000 of them climb on Reek Sunday, (last Sunday in July) many barefoot, performing various rituals.

I climbed it once, not for religious reasons, but it’s a challenging walk, and really worth the effort, as the view from the top over Clew Bay is amazing.