History of Knock
1879 - Present
Knock, County Mayo, Ireland
Knock - A place of pilgrimage
From the first organised pilgrimage to Knock in March 1880, Knock has developed into a major pilgrimage centre for national and international groups.
Photo shows hand-embroidered vestments worn at National Thanksgiving pilgrimage in 1945.
Pope John Paul II
In 1979, Pope John Paul II came on pilgrimage to Knock to commemorate the centenary of the Apparition.
It is estimated that over 1 million people visit Knock every year.
Msgr. Horan 'The builder of Knock'
- Knock Basilica, completed in 1976, covers one acre of ground and can accommodate 10,000 people
- Knock International Airport, located between Knock and Charlestown, was officially opened in May 1986.
Photo below shows Monsegnor Horan welcoming Pope John Paul II to Knock, 1979, Also included is Archbishop Cunnane, Archbishop of Tuam from 1969 - 1987 and native of Knock.