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.

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