Religious Pilgrimage Attractions in Mayo
2018 sees the first Papal visit to Ireland in 40 years Pope Francis has confirmed he will visit Dublin on August 25th-26th 2018. His Holiness will take part in the ‘Festival of Families’ in Croke Park on August 25 and the following day he will celebrate mass in the Phoenix Park.
In honor of this momentous occasion we have decided to high light the top Religious Pilgrimage attractions in Mayo that may be of interest to those who are coming to Ireland to witness the Papal Visit.
Home to one of the world’s most well-known Marian Apparitions by the Blessed Virgin Mary - The Knock Shrine, where almost 140 years ago 15 local people witnessed the apparition of Our Lady at the gable wall of the church, in 1879. The personal pilgrimages to the Knock Shrine of Pope John Paul 11 in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of the apparition and the visit of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1993 inspired an even greater devotion to the shrine.
Ireland Holy Mountain, where St. Patrick completed a forty-day Lenten penance, Croagh Patrick is known locally as ‘The Reek’. The Reek and its history as a place of worship dates back to 3,000 BC it is visited and climbed by thousands of pilgrims annually.
When St Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in c.441AD, he founded a church at Ballintubber. The present Abbey was founded in 1216 by King Cathal O'Conor. It is the only church in Ireland still in daily use that was founded by an Irish king. The Abbey also recently celebrated its 800th anniversary and is well worth a visit for those taking part in pilgrimages in Co. Mayo.
Tochar Phadraig (Part of the Irish Camino Trail)
Walkers on Ireland’s first fully-guided pilgrim journey can collect stamps in a 'Pilgrim Passport', similar to Spain's Camino de Santiago.
From Ballintubber runs the old pilgrim road to Croagh Patrick however, Tochar Phadraig predates Christianity and was probably built around 350AD, this path was one of the major pilgrimage walks in Ireland until the suppression of the pilgrimage around 1588. In 1987 the Tochar walk was restored from Ballintubber Abbey and is comprised of a mixture of roads and cross-country with a variety of terrains spanning over 22 miles.