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# Pilgrimage

Last year
2022
# Pilgrimage
Mountain rescuers urge people to 'be sensible' ahead of Reek Sunday climb up Croagh Patrick
The Covid pandemic led to the annual event being cancelled in 2020, with lower numbers than usual turning out for the climb last year.
All time
# Croagh Patrick
23 people injured as thousands climb Croagh Patrick for Reek Sunday
One person was evacuated by helicopter and brought to Castlebar Hospital.
# the apparition
Explainer: What were the 'strange occurrences' that turned Knock into a global pilgrimage site?
Pope Francis is visiting today – but what’s reputed to have happened in the Mayo village?
# Mayo
Barefoot pilgrims, 13 masses and 140 rescuers: Busy Reek Sunday climb up Croagh Patrick expected
It’s estimated that between 15,000-25,000 people could take part.
# the rugby weekend
Ireland to return to Soldier Field in November for clash with Conor O'Shea's Italy
The Six Nations teams will form one part of a triple-header set for the NFL ground.
# walking tour
Irish pilgrim (79) dies in Italy
The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to his family.
# Knock
'Grandparents are the anchor of many families - but we don't always recognise that'
The Catholic Grandparents Association is holding its annual pilgrimage to Knock next month (and will feature a performance from Dana).
# Reek Sunday
Man suffers heart attack, and others sustain serious injuries, on way up Croagh Patrick
Thousands are climbing the mountain this Reek Sunday.
# Pilgrimage
Can't make it to Fatima? Why not 'rent-a-pilgrim' for €2,500
Portuguese native Carlos Gil is paid to take pilgrimages for people.
AS IT HAPPENED
Racing 92 v Munster, Champions Cup
We were in Paris for Munster’s rescheduled clash with Ronan O’Gara and the French champions.
# Pilgrimage
Pilgrims are advised not to climb Croagh Patrick barefoot
Around 25,000 people are expected to make the pilgrimage up Croagh Patrick today.
# Reek Sunday
Three-year-old child treated for hypothermia on Croagh Patrick
Hundreds of people ignored warnings not to climb the mountain yesterday.
# Reek Sunday
Hundreds ignore warning not to climb Croagh Patrick, ten get hypothermia
Between 15,000 and 20,000 people were expected to climb what’s regarded as the country’s holiest mountain this weekend.
# Kenya
'My name belonged and so I belonged' - Barack Obama is about to return to his 'homeland'
The president has visited Kenya before, but never as president.
The Camino de Santiago is coming back to Dublin after almost 800 years
The Camino Information Centre next to the historical starting point at St James Gate.
# fly to the Shrine
New Yorkers flying direct to Knock for a special Pilgrimage this summer
More than 700,000 passengers flew via Knock Airport last year – the highest figure ever in its 29 year history.
# wing and a prayer
Plane carrying 170 Irish pilgrims forced to turn back to Dublin twice
A spokesperson for the company in charge of organising the tour said a different plane will be taking passengers to Medjugorje now.
Voices
Opinion: Blisters, bruises, bumps, bites – life on the Camino is tough but worth every minute
The saying “walk a day in my shoes” really rings true on the wonderful Camino de Santiago.
# Reek Sunday
Two people airlifted from Croagh Patrick as thousands make pilgrimage
Up to 30,000 people are estimated to be making the trek to the top.
# the 20 thousand
13 mountain rescue teams in Mayo for mass 'Reek Sunday' pilgrimage
Between 15,000 and 20,000 people are expected to climb ‘Ireland’s holiest mountain’ today.
# Pilgrimage
Erosion of Croagh Patrick a major concern ahead of 'Reek Sunday' pilgrimage
Between 15,000 and 20,000 people are expected to climb ‘Ireland’s holiest mountain’ this Sunday…
# Your Say
Poll: Would you ever consider going on a religious pilgrimage?
Despite decline in church-going, people still go on pilgrimages. Would you?
Voices
Opinion: Thousands of Irish people go on pilgrimage every year... but why?
The weekly mass-goer and interested agnostic can walk alongside the person who privately explores their spirituality.
Voices
Opinion: I became a long-distance walker at 70 and have now covered thousands of miles
After my wife died of cancer in 2007, I wanted to raise much-needed funds for Cancer Treatment and Research. This summer, I will walk in support of European peace.
Voices
Column: A lot of people miss the point of Lourdes – it's about faith but also about fun
Long-time Lourdes helper Lloyd Murphy writes about what the pilgrimage means to him – and to the pilgrims who visit the little French town each year in search of peace, companionship, and time to forget about illness.
# Tourism
Want an adventure? Try climbing Croagh Patrick, surfing Mullaghmore and horse-riding at Castle Leslie
That’s what the Lonely Planet guide would tell you to do in Ireland, anyway.
# Prayers
Seven plane-loads of people depart Dublin for Lourdes pilgrimage
About 2,000 people, including sick pilgrims, medics and volunteers, left Dublin first thing this morning.
# India
Indian train ploughs into a crowd of pilgrims, killing 35
An angry crowd went on a “rampage” after a crowd crossing a train track were killed.
# Spain
77 dead, 143 injured in rail crash - "no indications" any Irish citizens were on board
Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore says the situation is “still developing”, but that there are no reports of any Irish citizens caught up in the tragedy.
# Lourdes
Hundreds of pilgrims evacuated after flooding hits Lourdes
About 50 Irish pilgrims are thought to be among 500 faithful who are being evacuated from hotels.
# Mayo
Three casualties from Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
An elderly woman, a teenage boy and a man received medical attention after attempting to climb the mountain as part of the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you climbed Croagh Patrick?
Or would you like to? Let us know in today’s poll.
# Pilgrimage
Getting there: your Euro 2012 travel options
The draw’s been made; now it’s time to start thinking about the most efficient way of making your way to Poland.
Voices
Column: Cardinal Rules – What happens in Lourdes, stays in Lourdes…
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland embarks on the annual parish pilgrimage… but will everyone get home safely?
# Bomb Threat
Bomb threat at Lourdes
Thousands of Catholic pilgrims evacuated.
# Croagh Patrick
Croagh Patrick pilgrims face slippery slopes