Organisers of the annual Reek Sunday climb of Croagh Patrick have appealed to people to stay away next Sunday, due to coronavirus.

The pilgrimage traditionally takes place on the last Sunday of July each year, and attracted some 25,000 pilgrims during last year's climb.

It was confirmed in May that this year's pilgrimage would be cancelled, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, concerns were expressed about the large numbers of people arriving in Murrisk to climb the Reek last weekend, parking in the local carpark and lining the public road close to Croagh Patrick.

Superintendent Joe Doherty is appealing to the public to abide by Covid-19 restrictions, and not to travel to Murrisk on Sunday as this year's pilgrimage has been cancelled.

Speaking to Midwest News, Superintendent Doherty said the car parks will be closed, and any cars found to be parked illegally will be towed, and a fee applied.

He said there will be a Garda presence in the area this Sunday on traffic duty, and he's asking for co-operation from the public.


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