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This enclosure cannot be more accurately classified due to the irregularity of its shape and the insufficient remains. Enclosing three cairns with a circumference of four hundred and seventy paces it may have served as a prehistoric enclosure. In modern times it is the third station on the pilgrimage route of Croagh Patrick. A 2m wide trackway scours the outside edge of the enclosure marking the journeys of the countless pilgrims that have traced the footsteps of previous devotees.
The name Reilig Mhuire is generally used to refer to the three enclosed cairns but might be the name for the entire site. In his 1838 description, John O'Donovan describes how the pilgrim after finishing his rounds of the other stations 'descends by another precipitous path leading from the summit of the south west extremity of the cone or Cruach where the most important of the penitential Leachts or monuments are situated. Inside the Great Enclosure or Garraí Mór as it is locally called, are three distinct circles at each of which the pilgrim repeats seven Paters, seven Aves and one Creed, travelling all the while on his knees for seven circuits around each one. The turas or pilgrimage is then finished.
- Hughes, H. 1991, Croagh Patrick, An Ancient Mountain Pilgrimage, Westport.
- Morahan, L. 2001, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, archaeology, landscape and people, Westport
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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