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Knock, County Mayo

Knock ( , meaning The Hill – but now more generally known in Irish as Cnoc Mhuire, "Hill of (the Virgin) Mary") is a small town in County Mayomarker, Ireland whose notability derives from the Knock Shrinemarker where it is claimed the Virgin Mary, together with St Joseph and St John the Evangelist, appeared in 1879.In the 20th century it became one of Europe's major Catholic Marian shrines, alongside Lourdesmarker and Fatima. One and a half million pilgrims visit Knock Shrinemarker annually. It was visited by Pope John Paul II, a supporter of devotion to the Virgin Mary, in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of the apparition.

Knock was bypassed by the N17 Road in December 2002.

Monsignor James Horan

Monsignor James Horan became parish priest of Knock in 1963 and achieved three major, landmark accomplishments.

  • The construction of Ireland-West Airportmarker was against a background of cynicism and reluctance in many quarters. However, the airport, which opened on October 25 1985, has injected a sustained vitality into County Mayo and has become an important feature in the region's, and Ireland's, economic welfare. The Monsignor travelled on the inaugural flight from Knock to Rome.

  • A visit by Pope John Paul II to visit Knock in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of the apparition.

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