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Climb and Punishment

Posted 17 September 2010
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Climb and Punishment

A novel punishment for one man, yet for a welcome adventure for many, an Irish man has been sentenced to walk the Coagh Patrick in order to repent for his bad language and abuse of a police officer.

Whereas many outdoor lovers would do it just for fun, Milford District Court have ordered  Joseph McElwee, a man who swore at two local police officers and subjected them to abusvive language, will now be climbing the holy mountain as part of an unusual punishment.

Because the accused McElwee told the police officers to ‘go back to Mayo’ according to reports, the route of the Croagh Patrick within County Mayo is a fitting solution.

Judge Seamus used the mountain to give McElwee  “…A different impression of County Mayo and its people…In recognition to your fellow Irish people especially those in the line of duty."

Mr McElwee  has personally apologized to the policeman involved in the incident, yet the judge’s ruling was firm and McElwee will be tested again in court in the upcoming month to see if he managed the walk, with a series of tests and evidence required to ascertain that he completed the climb.