Portrait of the Pilgrim 2010 , Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland

August 28th 2010

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: Katarzyna Sudak

Pilgrim
Pilgrim
 Ronan, Co. Donegal
Ronan, Co. Donegal
 Valerie, Co. Mayo
Valerie, Co. Mayo
 Brendan, Co. Sligo
Brendan, Co. Sligo
 Noamson, India
Noamson, India
 Joe, Mary Co. Kilkenny
Joe, Mary Co. Kilkenny
 James, Co. Dublin
James, Co. Dublin
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
 Emma, Karin Co. Dublin
Emma, Karin Co. Dublin
 Greg, Canada
Greg, Canada
 Martin, Galway
Martin, Galway
 Suvarna, Rinku
Suvarna, Rinku
 Tom, Wicklow, JPG
Tom, Wicklow, JPG
 Eugene, Co. Clare
Eugene, Co. Clare
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Carmel, Kilkenny
Carmel, Kilkenny
Sarang, India
Sarang, India
 Christy,Co. Galway
Christy,Co. Galway
 Noel, Galway
Noel, Galway
 Noreen, Co. Galway
Noreen, Co. Galway
 Grace, Co. Galway
Grace, Co. Galway
Krzysztof, Poland
Krzysztof, Poland
 Daniel, Co. Mayo
Daniel, Co. Mayo
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
 Gerry and sons  Co.Sligo
Gerry and sons Co.Sligo
David, Co. Longford
David, Co. Longford
 David, Co. Galway
David, Co. Galway
  Fionnuala, Cork
Fionnuala, Cork
 Peter, Co. Galway
Peter, Co. Galway
 John & Michael Co. Galway
John & Michael Co. Galway
 Ed, Co. Galway
Ed, Co. Galway
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage
Croagh Patrick pilgrimage