News 2019

Title:  Planning application submitted for path work at Croagh Patrick
Date:  27/07/2019

Planning application submitted for path work at Croagh Patrick

A planning application has been submitted for path work and habitat restoration to enable sustainable access along the Pilgrim route at Croagh Patrick.

This follows a successful trial in October 2018 to identify a methodology for path construction using the small blocks of stone found on the steep summit cone.

The application for planning consent has been submitted by the Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group in partnership with Mayo County Council under Part 8 of the Planning & Development Regulations.

The proposed work will consist of aggregate and stone pitched paths, path drainage consisting of culverts, cross drains and water bars, fencing for managing access during construction work, together with habitat restoration of eroded areas.

The Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group is comprised of a broad spectrum of interested parties, including mountain shareholders, the Catholic Church, Murrisk community, Mayo County Council, South West Mayo Development Company, Mountaineering Ireland, Mayo Mountain Rescue, Croagh Patrick Archaeological Society and the tourism and adventure sectors.

The Stakeholders Group, which was formed in 2015, has prioritised efforts to address the erosion on Croagh Patrick but is also considering other issues related to visitor management at Croagh Patrick.

The Croagh Patrick plans can be viewed in the Murrisk Development Association café in the car-park at Murrisk, in Mayo County Council’s offices in Westport and Castlebar, and online at

Submissions or observations with regard to the proposed development, can be made up to 5.00pm on 24th September, 2019.

See also: Trial path work successful on Croagh Patrick summit


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