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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Croagh Patrick 'pilgrims' pay shoplifting penance

The annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage, 29 July, on Ireland's holy mountain Croagh Patrick, near Westport, Co Mayo. Pilgrims make their way up and down the rugged slopes of the mountain.
The annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage, 29 July, on Ireland's holy mountain Croagh Patrick, near Westport, Co Mayo. Pilgrims make their way up and down the rugged slopes of the mountain.

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.

Irish Independent

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