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John Cooney: Wrath of elements cannot keep devoted from reaching summit

John Cooney

Published 26/07/2010 | 05:00

IT takes more than bad weather to turn away a dedicated pilgrim. Yesterday was one of the worst days in the recent history of Reek Sunday. But one of the best for the numbers who turned out to brave the harsh conditions to get to the top of Croagh Patrick.

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They climbed and climbed in spite of the chilly and wet conditions, with many penitents wondering if even the deity was conspiring with the treacherous elements.

As a veteran reporter of the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage, it seemed to me as if the wrath of God was being vented on the church's mountain militants for increasingly secular Ireland's abandonment of the tabernacle.

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