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Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage

Thousands of pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick each year, many in bare feet.  Some of the men even go with bare chests but this is discouraged because, even in July, the time of the pilgrimage, it can be quite chilly and the rescue teams are kept very busy when the temperature drops.  On the mountain there is a rock which is called “Patrick’s Chair.”  On two days of the year, Apr 18 and Aug 24, the setting sun, when viewed from this rock, touches the summit of the mountain and proceeds to roll down the northern slope.  The angle of the mountain’s side matches the setting angle of the sun at this time and place.

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