Croagh Patrick 'pilgrims' pay shoplifting penance
IT'S considered Ireland's holiest mountain, and the tradition of climbing the reek as a pilgrimage stretches back more than 5,000 years.
But when a group of "pilgrims" made the journey to Croagh Patrick after a spot of shoplifting and fraud, it brought a whole new meaning to doing penance for their sins.
One man was arrested when a Toyota car was tracked to the foot of the mountain by gardai after CCTV footage captured some "unholy" activity at a Mace forecourt convenience store in Sheeaune in Westport, Co Mayo.
The shop, which also features a Supermac's restaurant, was descended upon by a group of 10 to 15 people who stole an estimated €150 in cosmetics and toiletries and then purchased fast food with counterfeit money.
The man was later released and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.