Knock (Irish Cnoc Mhuire, ‘Hill of the Virgin Mary’) is a major international Catholic pilgrimage and prayer site. On August 21st, 1879, the Virgin Mary, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist, appeared on the south gable of Knock Parish Church. This Apparition was witnessed by fifteen local people, young and old. As a result, Knock became a major Irish pilgrimage site of prayer and worship. In the latter part of the 20th century Knock’s popularity increased steadily, making it one of Europe’s major Catholic Marian shrines, together with Lourdes and Fatima. Today this shrine is visited by one and a half million pilgrims annually.

Mayo is located in the West of Ireland. Mayo is one of Ireland’s largest counties and it offers a range of scenery from cultural abbeys to traditional villages to dramatic landscapes including a greenway stretching from Westport to Achill along the Atlantic Coastline.

Things to do in the area


If you wish to explore further afield The International is ideally situated


Knock Shrine – 2 mins walk

Cafes, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Public Houses, Supermarket – All within a few mins walk

Knock Museum – 2 mins walk

Knock Airport – 10 mins drive

Connacht Centre of Excellence – 5 mins drive

Local towns of Ballyhaunis, Claremorris and Kiltimagh – 10 mins drive

Golf Links in Ballyhaunis and Claremorris – 10 mins drive

Horse Riding 10 mins drive (Hanleys Horses) (

Country Life Museum, Castlebar – 20mins drive

Swimming Pool – 10 mins drive

Castlebar – 30 mins drive Mayo’s capital town

Westport – 45 mins drive Croagh Patrick and Greenway