Located six miles (approx. 9.5km) west of Westport on the Louisburgh Road, Croagh Patrick is one of Mayo’s most famous landmarks. The mountain overlooks Clew Bay and the entire Western coastline of Ireland. In 441AD, Saint Patrick is said to have spent 40 days and nights praying and fasting on its slopes. Throughout the year people of all ages and of all degrees of devotion, climb up the rock path to the summit. Over 60,000 people make the ascent, starting at Murrisk Abbey. The traditional pilgrimage takes place each year on the last Sunday of July with Mass in the summit of the mountain. For the last few years, Men for Missions UK have hosted an evangelistic outreach seeking to ‘reach out’ to pilgrims making the July ascent. They distribute in the order of eight thousand cups of refreshments along with Gospel leaflets. This is a significant physical as well as spiritual effort that requires the transportation of no less than 1250 litres (330 gallons) of water. Please pray for a harvest of souls as a result of the Croagh Patrick outreach.