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Knock, in County Mayo, is Ireland's National Marian Shrine. The story of Knock started in 21 august, 1879, when our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John appeared in the south gable of Knock Parish church. This apparition was witnessed by fifteen people and since then Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised shrine. In 1979, Pope John Paul II made a centennial pilgrimage here, Mother Theresa in 1993 and one and a half million pilgrims a year since then.

All of this activity gives Knock Airport a surprising variety of services that otherwise one would be unlikely to find at such a small provincial airport.

If you wish to venture further than Knock itself a hire car will allow you to visit the Ceide Fields in North Mayo. These offer a vast pre-historic landscape, natural wild ecology, dramatic cliffs and coastline.

Other attractions in County Mayo include Ionad Deirbhle, set among one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland, the museum gives an insight into the lifestyle of the area in times past.

Mayo Abbey in the heart of County Mayo lies hidden away from the main thoroughfares in what is known as the Plains of Mayo, a peaceful and unspoilt reminder of earlier times.

Situated in a 19th century building, the Clew Bay Heritage Centre, traces the history of the planned town of Westport and the Clew Bay area from pre-Christian times to the present. Artefacts, documents and photographs connected with the general Westport area provide a basis for the presentation of local history, customs and traditions.

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