Irish Christians make annual pilgrimage up Croagh Patrick

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MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: Pilgrims ascend Croagh Patrick during the annual Irish Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake at the base of the mountain and banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: A pilgrim ascends Croagh Patrick during the annual Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake, at the base of the mountain, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: A man walks up during the annual Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake, at the base of the mountain, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: Pilgrims ascend Croagh Patrick during the annual Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake, at the base of the mountain, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: Pilgrims ascend Croagh Patrick during the annual Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake, at the base of the mountain, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: Pilgrims view the bed of St. Patrick on the Summit of Craogh Patrick during the annual Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake, at the base of the mountain, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: A woman and her dog climb Croagh Patrick during the annual Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake, at the base of the mountain, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: Pilgrims ascend Croagh Patrick during the annual Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake, at the base of the mountain, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: A pilgrim climbs Croagh Patrick barefoot during the annual Irish Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake at the base of the mountain and banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: Pilgrims wait outside the closed chapel on top of Croagh Patrick during the annual Irish Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake at the base of the mountain and banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: A pilgrim climbs Croagh Patrick in the mist during the annual Irish Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake at the base of the mountain and banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: A pilgrim ascends barefoot up Croagh Patrick during the annual Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake, at the base of the mountain, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: Pilgrims wait outside the closed chapel of Croagh Patrick during the annual Irish Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake at the base of the mountain and banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
MAYO, IRELAND - JULY 26: A sign is displayed during the annual Irish Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) which was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility which was limited to three metres on July 26, 2015 in Mayo, Ireland. Several hundred pilgrims still continued to climb regardless of the warnings. It is climbed in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint. It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for forty days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon Corra from the sky into a lake at the base of the mountain and banishing all the snakes from Ireland. The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
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The annual Christian pilgrimage of climbing up Croagh Patrick mountain (2,504 ft) in Mayo, Ireland was cancelled on Sunday due to treacherous weather conditions and poor visibility.

Still, several hundred pilgrims continued to climb in honor of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron Saint, regardless of the warnings.

It is said that after Saint Patrick fasted for 40 days on top of the mountain in 441AD, he built a church and threw a silver bell down the side of the mountain knocking the she-demon "Corra" from the sky and into a lake at the base of the mountain, banishing all the snakes from Ireland.

The pilgrimage to the top of the Croagh Patrick is viewed as an act of penance.

The Journey Up Ireland's Revered Croagh Patrick

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