First published in 1961, by At The Three Candles. Includes Black & White illustrations throughout and several pages of prayers in Gaelige (Irish) together with their English translations.
In this small booklet, Colm Ó Lochlainn describes the tradition of pilgrimage to Cruac Padraic, a tradition that stretches back over 5,000 years, from the Stone Age to present day without interruption. Its religious significance dates back to the days of the early Celtic religions, when people are thought to have gathered here to celebrate the beginning of harvest season.
Cruac Padraic is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation. The Black Bell of Saint Patrick was a highly venerated relic on Cruac Padraic for many years.
Colm Ó Lochlainn (1892 - 1972) was a printer, typographer, collector of Irish ballads and traditional Irish Uilleann piper. In 1916 he was a member of the Irish Volunteers and was part of a team which was sent to Kerry on Good Friday in a bid to seize radio equipment for communication with The Aud, a German ship transporting arms from Germany for the Easter Rising. From 1933–1943, he was an assistant in the Faculty of Modern Irish at University College Dublin, where he later became professor of Irish Language and Literature. He was also associated with the founding of An Óige (Irish Youth Hostel Association).
In good condition. The spine is showing some light rubbing wear, and the colour has faded along the spine. 3/6 is written in pencil on the top of the very first page. Some foxing on the top of the pages, more noticeable on the front and back two pages. Other than those two pages, the pages are clean and the binding is sound.