The annual pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, where thousands of worshippers climb the sacred Mayo mountain, could this year become an all-ticket affair.
Reek Sunday takes place every year on the last Sunday of July. However, due to the coronavirus restrictions, the popular event has been thrown in doubt.
Westport parish priest Fr Charlie McDonnell admitted if the pilgrimage does get the green light it will be a "logistical nightmare making sure everything is right".
The pilgrimage attracts up to 4,000 climbers every year, with many making their way up the jagged scree slope barefoot.
In 2015, due to a weather warning, the pilgrimage was cancelled, but many climbed anyway.
Fr McDonnell said any decision about the event will be taken in the best interests of everyone.
"We had the experience of 2015 where we had to cancel the pilgrimage due to the weather.
"It's not like a church or a football stadium where you put a lock on the door and that's it.
"We will make the decision with the input of all the different organisations like public health, the gardaí, mountain rescue and the Order of Malta.
"We will make a final decision in June and the important thing is then that the decision is respected.
"If it's called off, that's it. If it's on, there will be very strict social distancing measures in place. We are not going to do anything that contravenes public health advice, or contributes to another wave of Covid-19 or puts even one person at risk on the mountain.
"If it is going ahead we need to be able to say what structure it will take. If people take it on themselves to turn up, it could be a disaster," he warned.
"If public health say 'no', or the guards say it can't be policed, then that is the end of it. We have the memory of 2015, where a decision, the right decision, was taken, and all of the infrastructures for climbing were gone. Thank God nobody was killed that day, or seriously injured.
"If it were to happen this year, it would probably be along the lines of an all-ticket event with very strict and restricted numbers.
"One consideration would be an online event, but that brings its own complexities.
"But if it does go ahead, it is going to be a logistical nightmare in terms of making sure everything is right."
Meanwhile, at the Marian Shrine of Knock, Fr Richard Gibbons is more upbeat about the annual Novena in August.
"We are doing all our pilgrimages online now.
"One way or another we are going ahead with the Novena. Either online or in actuality.
"We will keep things in line with the phases the Government has set out," he added.
"If we look at the beginning of stage five, it is August 10, that is just in time for the novena (August 14-22).
"We are already drawing up plans for social distancing and how that will work out practically.
"We may have Masses outside and maybe we will control numbers. We are actively planning."
With the shrine closed to pilgrims since the lockdown began, Fr Gibbons admits donations are down, but he has adopted a pragmatic approach.
"We just have to cut our cloth to measure and ensure we have enough in the kitty to keep the lights on.
"You have to be sensitive about it (seeking donations) because people are in horrendous situations.
"We have facilities now where you can light a virtual candle that will be physically lit here in the shrine."