This year’s Annual Reek-Sunday, pilgrim-walk has been cancelled.
The climb of Croagh Patrick near Westport, Mayo, was due to take place on July 26th, one week after the Government will allow the public celebration of mass in churches.
The decision was taken to help the national effort to suppress the coronavirus.
“Having consulted with the various statutory and non-statutory bodies involved in the Reek pilgrimage, having in mind the Government’s “Roadmap” for emerging from the coronavirus pandemic, and accepting the clear public health advice offered, it is necessary to cancel the 2020 National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on 26 July”, a statement said.
Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, said he hopes the event will return in July 2021.