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Croagh Patrick (Irish: Cruach Phádraig) is a 764 metres (2,510 ft) mountain in the west of Ireland and an important site of pilgrimage. It is located 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Westport, County Mayo above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. It is the third highest mountain in County Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin. On "Reek Sunday", the last Sunday in July every year, over 15,000 pilgrims climb the mountain. The mountain forms the southern part of a U-shaped valley created by a glacier flowing into Clew Bay in the last Ice Age. Croagh Patrick is part of a longer east-west ridge; to the west is the mountain Ben Goram.

Croagh Patrick derives its name from the Irish Cruach Phádraig "(St) Patrick's stack", and is known locally as the Reek, which is a Hiberno-English word for a "rick" or "stack".[1] In pagan times it was known as Cruachán Aigle, being mentioned by that name in sources such as Cath Maige Tuired[2], Buile Shuibhne[3], The Metrical Dindshenchas[4]Annals of Ulster entry for the year 1113.[5]Cruachán is simply a diminutive of cruach "stack", but it is not certain what Aigle means. It is either from the Latin loan aquila "eagle" (more usually aicile or acaile)[6] or a person's name.[7][4] In addition to its literal meaning, cruach in the pagan name may also have some connection with Crom Cruach. and the

A seam of gold was discovered in the mountain in the 1980s: overall grades of 14 grams (0.5 oz) of gold per tonne in at least 12 quartzveins, which could produce 700,000 t (770,000 short tons) of ore. Mayo County Council elected not to allow mining, deciding that the gold was "fine where it was".

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A: Top of Croagh Patrick Alternate view,

by Gerard Healy, 1.2 km away

Top of Croagh Patrick Alternate view,

B: Top of Croagh Patrick

by Gerard Healy, 1.2 km away

Top of Croagh Patrick

C: Quay Bay

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D: Quay Bay2

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F: The Octagon

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G: Cineplex - St.Mary`S Crescent

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H: Westport Movie theater

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Westport Movie theater

I: Bridge Street

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J: St.Mary`S Crescent Park

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