Portrait of the Pilgrim 2012, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland

August 9th 2012

Posted by Tomasz Bereska

For the third consecutive year Uspecto photographers climbed together with thousands of pilgrims the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo in Ireland.

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.

The pilgrimage takes place on the last Sunday of July. 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, locals,  immigrants and foreigners. All were different, but all were joined by holy time of pilgrimage. The diversity in appearance and unity in purpose.

cooperation: Kasia Sudak and Agnieszka Sygientowska

Jarlath, Co. Sligo
Jarlath, Co. Sligo
Croagh Patrick 2012
Croagh Patrick 2012
Carmel, Co. Sligo
Carmel, Co. Sligo
Nadine, Co. Galway
Nadine, Co. Galway
Croagh Patrick 2012
Croagh Patrick 2012
Pauline, Co. Clare
Pauline, Co. Clare
Croagh Patrick 2012
Croagh Patrick 2012
Tom, Co. Galway
Tom, Co. Galway
Croagh Patrick 2012
Croagh Patrick 2012
Aisling, UK
Aisling, UK
John, Co. Clare
John, Co. Clare
Amanda, Co. Dublin
Amanda, Co. Dublin
Croagh Patrick 2012
Croagh Patrick 2012
Breege & John, Co. Mayo
Breege & John, Co. Mayo
Edith, Co. Dublin
Edith, Co. Dublin
Charles, UK
Charles, UK
Croagh Patrick 2012
Croagh Patrick 2012