File image of  pilgrims climbing Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The lack of parking facilities at Croagh Patrick has resulted in pilgrims’ vehicles blocking paths, driveways and an emergency helicopter pad, local r(...)

A six-year-old girl was admitted to hospital last month with cryptosporidium and e-coli. Photograph: Getty Images

Beaches may be closed by landowners along the southern shores of Clew Bay’s Wild Atlantic Way in a row over the quality of drinking water in the area.(...)

 Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo: Thousands of people, many of them tourists, climb the mountain, known locally as the Reek, each year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Croagh Patrick may be off limits this summer if local landowners carry out a threat to close access to commonage in a protest over water quality. Tho(...)

Pilgrims making their way up Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday, which occurs each July. Fr Tony King likened Croagh Patrick to “nature’s greatest cathedral of the west” and said it was “a national shrine of faith, culture and tradition”. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A retired parish priest has called for badly eroded sacred mountain Croagh Patrick to be declared off-limits for many activities until a proper conser(...)