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Wedding and christening on top of Croagh Patrick

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Pictured are Andrea and Oscar Haack on top of Croagh Patrick where they were married yesterday (Monday) afternoon by Fr John Kenny. Their aptly named son Patrick was also
christened during a wonderful and unique family occasion. Pic: Amayo Photography

Oisín McGovern

The church on the summit of Croagh Patrick has hosted a wedding and a christening ceremony all on the one day for the very first time.
Yesterday (Monday) Oscar and Andrea Haack were wed atop the holy mountain by Fr John Kenny in glorious spring weather.
The couple also used the occasion to christen their one-year-old son, who they chose to call Patrick in honour of the sacred summit. Patrick is believed to be the first child to be christened on top of the Reek.
Oscar and Andrea, originally from Venezuela but currently living in Florida, were surrounded by friends and family who travelled from Spain and Florida for the special occasion.
Newly-married bride Andrea told The Mayo News that they had wanted to get married on the mountain after falling in love with Mayo during a holiday in 2016.
“We really felt such a connection, it’s such a special place,” she said. “We said if we get married, if we do, we’ll come here. We had planned to come in 2020 but unfortunately due to the pandemic we were unable to do so. It’s been a long time, but we’ve been dreaming of being able to come here.
We are just so grateful that we were able to come, the weather was great, it was just so special.”
Andrea described climbing the mountain in her wedding dress with her baby son as a ‘great’ experience.

A climb to remember
“When I told my family about the climb I described it as life, some parts are very hard, you can’t see when it’s going to end, but it’s all worth it when you get to the top. We really enjoyed it. The baby was very good, and he slept on the way up.”
She also revealed that they had considered moving to the west of Ireland when they originally visited Mayo.
“When we came the first time we fell in love with Ireland so much we wanted to move here, and now that we’re back I remember why we wanted to move here,” she said.
“We just really love it here, people have been so great when we’ve come to visit. Everyone is so nice, it’s just so peaceful, we really love it. We would love to come back and live here at some point.”
Fr John Kenny said that he became acquainted with the couple through social media. After their son Patrick was born, the couple asked him to marry them and baptise their son on top of the Reek.
“I’ve done regular weddings, but I certainly never thought I’d have a baptism on Croagh Patrick, now that’s a novelty,” he remarked.

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