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The Tóchar Phádraig approaching Croagh Patrick (Photo: Ballintubber Abbey Trust)
Trackways or toghers occur in large numbers throughout Ireland and are mainly found preserved in extensive tracts of bog (Morahan, 2001). Designed as a response to the growth of bogs in the Late Neolithic times and throughout the Bronze Age, these causeways kept open communications between useful areas of land (Mitchell & Ryan, 1997). Their construction is usually of wood, although other tough materials are known to have been used. The Tóchar Phádraig is reputedly the route St Patrick took on his way to ascend the sacred ritual mountain, Croagh Patrick. The Tóchar was the main route from Cruachan, the seat of the kings of Connaught to the important pre-Christian site at Cruachán Aigle as Croagh Patrick was known. Whether there was a prehistoric pilgrim road comparable to the medieval Tóchar Phádraig, which extends from Ballintubber Abbey in the East to Croagh Patrick is debatable (Corlett, 2000).
- Corlett, C. 1996, Prehistoric Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, Cathair na Mart, no. 16, p.58
- Hughes, H. 1991, Croagh Patrick, an Ancient Mountain Pilgrimage, Westport
- Mitchell, F. Ryan, M. 1997, Reading the Irish Landscape, Dublin, pp 213-14
- Morahan, L. 2001 Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo archaeology, landscape and people, Croagh Patrick Archaeological Committee, Mayo, p.81
Check out the following sections of the website for related information:
Mayo Sites and Artefacts
1. Mayo Abbey
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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