Traders on the Reek Project

LKH & LAMS Reek Project 2023-2024
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A collaboration project of Louisburgh Killeen Heritage & Louisburgh Area Men’s Shed to record the families that hosted tents on the Reek and sold refreshments to the Pilgrims.

We would like you to contribute to this exciting project by sharing your memories, stories, photographs or memorabilia of the families that traded on the top of Croagh Patrick during the pilgrimages over the years.

The Traders have seen all kinds of weather and met with all walks of people. You might have been lucky enough to enjoy a cup of tea or a sandwich on the summit after completing the arduous climb and stations.

Their story of the preparation before pilgrimage day, how they managed to haul all the provisions to the top and set up a tent/stall to be ready before the first pilgrims ascended in the darkness, or what was a busy day of pilgrimage like and how the clean up afterwards was always maintained. A record of who did what and how did they do it.

If you have any story you would like to share about Ireland’s Holy Mountain we would love to hear from you.

Just email us on or using the on line form HERE

This project is a joint effort between Louisburgh Area Men’s Shed (LAMS) and Louisburgh Killeen Heritage. We hope to present a mini documentary recounting the Traders on the Reek stories, a booklet, a photograph exhibition and much more for National Heritage Week 2024. This archive can be added to at anytime and it will be accessible for all to share.

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