On the 15th of August each year there is a pilgrimage to Caher Island. For many people this pilgrimage used to be an integral part of the annual pilgrimage to climb Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday in July. However, the pilgrimmage may not take place in bad weather or when there is a swell.
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Pilgrims tranship from boats to currachs for the landing on Caher
Pilgrims tranship from boats to currachs for the landing on Caher
The scramble ashore
Pilgrims tranship from boats to currachs for the landing on Caher
Carved Cross
The pilgrimage mass started at the Holy Well. Inishturk is in the background
The Holy Well on Caher
Carved Cross

Mass

The ruined church
The main part of the pilgrimage mass is celebrated in the open at the ruined church
The main part of the pilgrimage mass is celebrated in the open at the ruined church
Offerings
Carved cross
Leac na Naomh - it is said that where a person who has been wrongfully and openly scandalised or aggrieved and who, after a period of fasting and prayer turns this stone will cause bad weather and something to happen which will show clearly to all the true state of affairs - See Antiquities of West Mayo quoting John O'Donovan of the Ordnance Survey in 1838
The doorway of the ruined church with Leac na Naomh in view
Leaving the island

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