Planning is the next stage in the ambitious plan to repair the paths on Mayo’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick.
The mountain, over centuries has become more difficult to climb, particularly close to the top, and to protect it and those who climb it, it was decided by the Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group some years ago, to look at ways that it may be better preserved.
The trial path works on the upper cone of the mountain are now completed and it opens the way for the entire project to proceed.
The evaluation process tested the feasibility of a pathway made from materials on the mountainside, and was led by Scottish expert Matt McConway of Upland Access Ltd.
Its objective was ‘to establish if the proposed methodology for constructing the path would work using the small stone blocks found on the steep slope of the summit’ while adhering to Mountaineering Ireland’s ‘Guiding Principles for Upland Path Work.
According to the report – “The trial works included an assessment of ‘the quality of path work construction technique; landscape impact and environmental impact’, as well as examining the value of progressing the implementation of the project with strong emphasis on training and voluntary inputs’.
The result of the evaluation process is that the Croagh Patrick Stakeholder Group is now confident to proceed with the proposed path solution and with a maintenance and management regime.
Midwest News has been speaking to two of the many people, members of the Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group - the chairman, Mayo County Council’s Martin Keating and Fr Charlie McDonnell of Westport.
They have been explaining what’s planned and how work will proceed from here.