Portrait of the Pilgrim 2011, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland

August 8th 2011

Posted by Tomasz Bereska

According to the legend, it was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD. Then, when descending he threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain, knocking the pagan she-demon Corra from the sky and banishing all the snakes from Ireland.

Every year on “Reek Sunday”, the last Sunday of July, thousands of people climb the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo, Ireland. This tradition spans over 1500 years without interruption. Many pilgrims, as an act of penance undertake their walk barefoot.

Among the pilgrims there are members of every part of Irish society. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, professors and workers, Irish and immigrants. All were different, but all were joined by holy time of pilgrimage. The diversity in appearance and unity in purpose, that’s what we wanted to capture.

cooperation: Tomasz Wybranowski

Gerry Co. Galway
Gerry Co. Galway
Cliona Co. Sligo
Cliona Co. Sligo
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Colin Co. Mayo
Colin Co. Mayo
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Anna Co. Cork
Anna Co. Cork
Mary Co. Mayo
Mary Co. Mayo
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Paul Co. Meath
Paul Co. Meath
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Fairgan Co. Laois
Fairgan Co. Laois
Michael Co. Clare
Michael Co. Clare
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Ann Co.Tipperary
Ann Co.Tipperary
Kathleen Co. Meath
Kathleen Co. Meath
John, Co. Laois
John, Co. Laois
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Vivian Co. Longford
Vivian Co. Longford
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Geraldine Co. Sligo
Geraldine Co. Sligo
Aiden Co. Sligo
Aiden Co. Sligo
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage