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03 Apr

ST PATRICK ON THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

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Mayo is well known for its connections to Saint Patrick and the peak of Croagh Patrick famously marks the spot where he is said to have banished snakes from the island. Not only did this Mayo mountain take its name from the saint, it is still customary for hikers to ascend to the top on a pilgrimage designed to honour him.

When you get there, enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including the Aran Islands, and stand on the spot where, legend has it, Saint Patrick spent 40 days fasting back in 441AD.

But what are the origins of Ireland’s national holiday? Who was Saint Patrick and what kind of imprint did he leave on the Wild Atlantic Way in particular? This year, cast your mind back to the fifth century to understand how this iconic individual earned his place in the annals of history.