- Knock, County Mayo
Infobox Irish Place
name = Knock
gaeilge = An Cnoc, Cnoc Mhuire
pin coords = left: 110px; top: 79px
north coord = 53.7833 | west coord = 8.91667 | irish grid = M396818
area = | elevation = 78 m
town pop = 595 | rural pop = 1,404
census yr = 2002
web = |
Knock ( _ga. An Cnoc, meaning "The Hill" – but now more generally known in Irish as "Cnoc Mhuire", "Hill of (the Virgin) Mary") is a small town in
County Mayoin Ireland. Knock's notability derives from the Apparition of 1879, when, at 8.00PM on 21 August 1879, it was reported that the Virgin Mary, together with St Josephand St John the Evangelist, appeared to local people.
In the 20th century it became one of
Europe's major Roman Catholic Marian shrines, alongside Lourdesand Fatima. One and a half million pilgrims visit Knock Shrineannually. It was visited by Pope John Paul II, a supporter of devotionto the Virgin Mary, in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of the apparition.
Monsignor James Horan
MonsignorJames Horan became parish priest of Knock in 1963 and achieved three major, landmark accomplishments.
* Construction of a new basilica, Our Lady Queen of Ireland, at
Knock Shrinein 1967 that can accommodate 10,000.
* The construction of Ireland-West Airport 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.Fact|date=February 2007 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.
List of towns in the Republic of Ireland
* [http://www.knock-shrine.ie/ Knock Shrine]
* [http://www.mayo-ireland.ie/Mayo/Towns/Knock/Knock.htm Knock, Co Mayo]
* [http://www.knockairport.com/ Ireland-West Airport, Knock]
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