Catholic Knock and beautiful countryside
Knock is a small village of about 600 inhabitants and is located in County Mayo in the West of Ireland. This little village has become a place of pilgrimage visited each year by more than one million people. At the request of the local church, an airport was built a few years ago to manage and facilitate the stream of pilgrims and travellers.
Quiet green hills, sheep and ancient ruins. Enjoy the wonderful itineraries along the coast which offer you exceptional views of the famous Irish landscape. Knock serves as an ideal starting point for excursions in the West of 'the Emerald Isle'. The famous region of Connemara, which French singer Michel Sardou once sang about, is within easy reach. The vast landscape of raised bogs and picturesque cottages is part of an area where Irish Gaelic is still spoken daily.
Place of pilgrimage
Knock is famous for the apparition of Our Lady of Knock on 21 August 1879. The Marian apparition lasted two hours and was witnessed by 15 villagers of all ages. Miraculous healings occurred shortly thereafter. More than one hundred years later, the small and simple village of Knock has become a true place of pilgrimage. Our Lady's Shrine is recognised by the Catholic Church as one of the most important Marian shrines in the world.
Would you like to enjoy green nature as well as a city trip? Then combine the countryside of Knock with the hustle and bustle of Dublin. Or visit one of the vibrant small towns on the west coast, such as bohemian and cultural Galway, cosy Westport, or the town of Sligo where Ireland's famous playwright and poet William Butler Yeats is honoured.
In the summer, lovers of equestrian sports can enjoy the Galway Races. During this famous seven-day festival a grand equestrian event takes place in which horse racing goes hand in hand with fashion and haute cuisine. Trainers, jockeys and spectators with dashing hats can be seen along the racecourse, a spectacle not to be missed!
Those who like to putt a ball on the green can travel from Knock to one of the breathtaking Irish golf courses on the west coast. Castle Dargan in County Sligo is a golf resort that has an 18-hole championship golf course available. Or take advantage of the Sligo Links Golf Pass that allows you to combine three golf courses on the Atlantic coast.
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