'Now I can say I've done it'
Aisling Rawson (37) grew up not far from the famous mountain but yesterday was her first attempt to climb it. Despite the gruelling trek, the mum-of-four admitted she would do it again.
"I wanted to do it now because I'm from Mayo and I've never climbed Croagh Patrick, so now was the time. Our oldest two children were old enough to take along, Sophie (12) and Charlie (8)," said Aisling.
"I'm afraid of heights and that's one of the reasons I'd never done it before, but it was grand.
"But I probably thought it was going to be a lot easier. I knew people said it was difficult but I wasn't expecting it to be quite as dangerous as it was at certain points, especially near the top where the stones were moving.
"There was a lot of banter with other people going up. People in their bare feet and running down and all sorts of mad stuff, little old 80-year-old women going past.
"The views were absolutely amazing from the top but I can't say I found it a religious or spiritual experience. I was more focused on watching the kids.
"By the time I made it to the top, I would have said I'd never do that again, but now that I've done it I'm thinking maybe we might.
"I really did feel I'd achieved something, I've climbed the mountain. All these years and I'd never done it, but now I can say I climbed Croagh Patrick."