‘Rolling Sun’ on Croagh Patrick
CROSSMOLINA TV Production
company GMTV will be featuring the “Rolling Sun” from
Westport this Sunday, August 20 on Nationwide RTE.
team from GMTV have been trying to capture the spectacular scene
on Croagh Patrick for the past three years. Finally this year it
was a success for them. The feature will contain their previous
attempts at documenting the ‘Rolling Sun”.
For centuries Croagh
Patrick has been a very spiritual site for people around the world,
but locals have been bafled by a mysterious rock to the east of
rock, which is know locally as St. Patrick's Chair, contains etching,
dating back to the Bronze Age. While these sketching further intensified
the mysteriousness of the rock, the local Westport Historical Society
finally uncovered the mystery. Following a yearlong case study they
identified that on April 18th and August 24th, the sun sets on the
summit of sacred Croagh Patrick, and instead of passing behind it
slides down the side of the mountain hense the “rolling sun’.
In doing so it give the wonderful impression of the Sun Rolling
down the mountain, a sight not to be missed.
While theories of a solstice
have been dismissed, it is thought that the dates signified the
beginning and end of ‘ the growing season . A small group
of people gather to see the natural phenomenon take place at both
occasions in the year.
Sun is to roll again on Thursday, August 24 and can be viewed in
the Townland of Bohea outside of Westport, RTE Nationwide Sunday,
August 20 at 7pm.
published in the Western
Bracken's article about the "rolling sun" spectacle