Knock, County Mayo

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Cnoc Mhuire
IMG KnockRbout2715.jpg
Knock, County Mayo
Knock is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°47′00″N 8°55′00″W / 53.7833°N 8.91667°W / 53.7833; -8.91667Coordinates: 53°47′00″N 8°55′00″W / 53.7833°N 8.91667°W / 53.7833; -8.91667
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation 78 m (256 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Urban 595
 • Rural 1,404
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference M396818

Knock (Irish: An Cnoc, meaning The Hill – but now more generally known in Irish as Cnoc Mhuire, "Hill of (the Virgin) Mary") is a village in County Mayo, Ireland. Its notability is derived from the Knock Shrine, at which the Virgin Mary, together with Saint Joseph and John the Evangelist, supposedly appeared on 21 August 1879. In the 20th century Knock became one of Europe's major Catholic Marian shrines, alongside Lourdes and Fatima. 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.


The Parish of Knock covers 45 townlands. 35 of The townlands are in the Costello Barony while 10 townlands along the central western boundary of Knock Parish are in the Clanmorris Barony. Knock is one of the only Parishes in Ireland to be in two Baronies. Knock is located only five miles from the Town of Clare (one of the major market towns of the early 19th century) and is between Clare (Claremorris) and Ballyhaunis. There weren't any "fair greens" or "Customs and Tolls of Fairs" in Knock Civil Parish. From an economic standpoint, commercial activity seems somewhat minimal and spread out over multiple Townlands. There was a forge in the Townlands of Aghtaboy, Carrowmore, Cloondace and Drum, a Pound in the Townland of Drum, Corn Mills and Kilns in the Townland of Ed Roosky aen andnd just Corn Mills in Lispatrick and Shanvaghera. The Townland of Roosky had a Tuck Mill and there were several Townlands with Herd's Houses such as Ballyhowly, Carrowmore, Churchfield and Cregganbrack.

Though there are no rivers in the parish of Knock, but there were many lakes meandering throughout many Townlands such as Cloontumaun Lough, Cullentragh Lough, Cloontarriff or Bally Phillip Lough, Carrownamallaght or Rowans Lough and Curragh Lough. There is a large amount of bog area also in the parish

Monsignor James Horan[edit]

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

Monsignor Horan died on 1 August 1986.


The local primary school is Knock National School, built in 1966.


The local football club is Kiltimagh Knock United F.C. established in 2002. Their ground, CMS Park, is situated on the Knock/Kiltimagh Road. Though there is no other sports clubs located in the parish area, there is a considerate amount of clubs within a short distance. Gaelic football clubs in Aghamore, Brickeens and Kiltimagh. Hurling clubs in Ballyhaunis and Tooreen. Athletics clubs in Claremorris and Swinford.


Ireland West Airport Knock was opened by Monsigner James Horan on 30 May 1986.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Peter H. Görg, Das Wunder von Knock - Die Erscheinung der Jungfrau Maria in Irland in Zeiten sozialer Not, Illertissen 2010.
  • Tom Neary, I Saw Our Lady, Knock, 156 p.
  • John Scally, I Was Cured at Knock - The extraordinary story of an extraordinary woman, Knock 2005, 127 p.
  • Ethna Kennedy (Ed.), Judy Coyne Providence My Guide. The heroic force in the Knock Shrine story, Knock, 254 p.
  • The Custodians of Knock Shrine (Ed.), Knock – Heiligtum Unserer Lieben Frau. Leitfaden für Wallfahrer, Knock.
  • Fr. Berchmans Walsh OCSO., Knock Mary's International Shrine of the Lamb of God, Knock, 16 p.
  • Sean Egan & Tom Neary (Ed.), Knock Parish Church - 1828-2006, Knock 2006, 24 p.
  • Knock Shrine Society (Ed.), Knock Shrine Annual, Knock 1938ff.
  • The Custodians of Knock Shrine (Ed.), Knock Shrine. A Pilgrim’s Guide Book, Englisch, Französisch, Deutsch, Spanisch, Italienisch, Knock, 26 p.
  • Fr. Hubert OFMCap., Knock - Vision of Hope, Knock, 36 p.
  • Tom Lane CM, Reflecting at Knock Before our Merciful Lamb, Knock, 127 p.
  • Msgr. Michael Walsh, The Apparition at Knock - A Critical Analysis of Facts and Evidence, Knock 1955 u. ö.
  • N. N., Knock - The Apparition Gable, Knock.
  • Msgr. Michael Walsh, The Glory of Knock, Knock 2000, 51 p.
  • Donal Flanagan (Hrsg.), The Meaning of Knock, Knock 1997.
  • Mary Francis Clare Cusack, Three Visits to Knock, New York 1882.
  • Liam Ua Cadhain, Venerable Archdeacon Cavanagh, Knock, 135 p.
  • Siobhan Bean Ui Cadhain, Vision In Marble, Knock, 16 p.

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