More priests are needed to assist in the Croagh Patrick pilgrimage next month.

This year, the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage is being extended across the month of July, from Wednesday to Saturday each week.

A number of priests are needed to climb the Reek on one or more of the pilgrimage dates in July, to hear Confessions and celebrate Mass on the summit.

Organisers are aiming to have two priests on the summit on any given day.

Priests making the pilgrimage will have accommodation and breakfast provided for them in Westport the night before the climb, should they require it.

Fr Charlie McDonnell says that, for generations, the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage has held a central place in the life of the Church in Ireland, and he's delighted an extended version is being made available next month.

Mass will be celebrated on the summit at 12 noon on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during July, and at 10am on Saturdays, with confessions also available.

Priests interested in assisting with the pilgrimage can contact Fr Charlie in Westport.

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