History of Reek Sunday, part 1

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Croagh Patrick

The Tradition

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Patrick’s Black Bell
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As to the Saint’s bell, the so-called “Black Bell of St. Patrick,” it remained a highly venerated relic with an old reference in O’Flaherty’s History of West Connaught dating back to 1098 AD. The tradition goes like this. The bell was originally made of a shiny white metal. It became black from constant pelting at the demons in the form of blackbirds and venomous snakes who came after St. Patrick on the mountain. Patrick banished these powers into the hollow of Log na Deamhan (Lake of the Demons.) The devil’s mother, Corra (the fiery one,) escaped and flew into the lake south of the mountain, known since as Loch na Corra.

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