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Knock Shrine, Knock, Mayo,
Ms Grace Mulqueen
Knock Museum tells of the transformation of a small Mayo village to a major Marian Shrine after a famous apparition in 1979. Thousands still flock to the site, located on the N17 in County Mayo.
Knock Museum, in County Mayo, captures the unique story of the Knock Apparition of 1879. It profiles the fifteen ordinary people who witnessed an extraordinary event which saw the transformation of Knock, a small rural village in County Mayo, into an international Marian Shrine.
The museum also places the apparition in the context of life in 1879, from living in the thatched house to working in the forge. Other themes include the Knock Shrine Society of Volunteers, Monsignor James Horan, cures at the shrine and a unique collection of pilgrims’ personal memories and stories.
Daily masses and confessions take place at Knock Shrine and there are daily guided prayer sessions from April to October. Knock Summer Youth Festival is held in June and Knock Novena is held in August.
A new museum Café, 'Café Le Chéile' is open from 10am to 6pm daily. Knock Museum is a fully-accredited museum in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.