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Tóchar Phádraig

Site/Artefact
Tóchar Phádraig

Type
Trackway

Site Number
Mayo 087, 088, 097 and 98, site 046

National Grid Reference

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series 30, 31, 38

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The Tóchar Phádraig approaching Croagh Patrick (Photo: Ballintubber Abbey Trust)


Pilgrims on the Tóchar Phádraig
(Photo: Ballintubber Abbey Trust)

Description
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).

Excavation Details
Not Available

Access/Ownership
Tóchar Phádraig

References

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Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

 

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