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Knock is a village in County Mayo.

The village is renowned for the Knock Shrine, an approved Catholic shrine and place of pilgrimage where the faithful believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist appeared on 21 August 1879.

In the 20th century, Knock became one of Europe’s major Catholic Marian shrines, alongside Lourdes and Fatima.

It is estimated that one and a half million pilgrims visit Knock Shrine annually. 

Pope John Paul II, a supporter of devotion to the Virgin Mary, visited Knock in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of the apparition. 

Ireland West Airport Knock, located 20km to the north of the village was opened by Monsignor James Horan on 30 May 1986.

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