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Knock Museum

Step into a world where history meets the present, at the heart of Knock. The Knock Museum, often referred to as 'A Museum within a Museum', warmly invites visitors to delve into the enchanting tale of the Knock Apparition of 1879. Experience the rich tapestry of life from that era, and discover how it intertwines with the present.

This vibrant showcase boasts diverse permanent displays. From the spiritual allure of religious artifacts to the rustic charm of farming tools, from the artistry of crafts to the essence of housing and clothing, every corner tells a story. A special mention goes to the late Msgr James Horan, whose life and the evolution of the Knock Shrine are celebrated with reverence.

Looking for a memento of the visit? The quaint Gift Shop beckons. Here, visitors will find an array of locally handcrafted treasures, including the symbolic St. Brigid's crosses and candles. Leaf through postcards capturing the essence of Knock, or immerse oneself in books that narrate the legend of the Knock Apparition. And of course, there are plenty of other keepsakes to remind one of the journey.

Mark those calendars! On August 1st, 2023, a milestone is celebrated - the golden anniversary of the day Knock Museum first opened its doors in 1973. Join in for exclusive anniversary tours at 11 am and 4 pm. Get a sneak peek into the museum's inner workings, enjoy a unique tour experience, and who knows, there might be some delightful anniversary surprises in store! No need for reservations, just bring enthusiasm.

Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, the museum offers free admission to all. Whether visitors are part of a group seeking a spiritual retreat or an individual on a quest for serenity, Knock Shrine promises a memorable experience. Craft a personal journey with the new self-guided tours, complete with audio handsets. Stroll through the serene grounds of Knock Shrine, accompanied by a personal audio guide, and let the stories unfold at one's pace.

The grounds are dotted with trigger posts, guiding the journey. Just point the audio guide at the logo, and let the narrative transport you. As a bonus, this tour gifts visitors a complimentary visit to the award-winning Knock Museum. For group visits, it's recommended to book audio guides in advance.

For those who prefer a more interactive experience, the Guided Walking Tours are perfect. Let seasoned guides walk visitors through the key attractions of the Knock Shrine. This complimentary service, inclusive of a visit to the Knock Museum, is a treat for all guests. Do remember to book in advance.

Contact Knock Museum:
Phone: + 353 (0) 94 93 75034

Everyone is invited to embark on a journey of discovery, history, and spirituality.

Knock Shrine & Basilica

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque town of Knock in County Mayo, the Knock Basilica stands as a testament to Ireland's rich Roman Catholic heritage. This magnificent structure, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, is a beacon of the Latin Rite and a symbol of modern architecture. Crafted with precision and passion by the renowned architect Daithi Hanly, the basilica's concrete edifice was completed in 1976 and has since been a spiritual haven for many.

With a capacity to embrace approximately 10,000 souls, the basilica dutifully serves the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuam. It's not just a standalone marvel; it's an integral part of the sacred Knock Shrine grounds. This spiritual complex encompasses four other churches, including the revered Apparition Church. It's here that, as per Catholic lore, on a fateful Thursday evening in August 1879, the ethereal figures of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and Saint John the Evangelist graced the world with their presence. The old Parish church, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, and the Chapel of Reconciliation further add to the sanctity of the place.

But the basilica's charm doesn't end with its spiritual significance. It's also home to Ireland's National Marian shrine, a treasure trove of religious books, a tranquil caravan and camping park, the inviting Knock House Hotel, and the informative Knock Museum.

The Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland isn't just a structure; it's an experience. Its towering spire, a beacon of faith, can be spotted from miles away, painting the Western skyline. Established in 1976, it has since catered to countless pilgrims who flock to the Knock Shrine annually. The church's elevation to basilica status by Pope John Paul II in 1979 and its extensive redevelopment in 2015 have only added to its allure. Its interiors, a blend of beauty and spirituality, pay tribute to Ireland's ecclesiastical past with window frames inspired by ancient churches from the four Irish provinces.

Throughout the pilgrimage season, the basilica provides a serene setting for numerous ceremonies, with the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock being a highlight since 1977. The newly revamped interiors exude warmth, welcoming all into a sacred, peaceful embrace. From the plush ash wood seating to the ambient lighting, every detail is curated with the pilgrim's comfort in mind.

The pièce de résistance of the Knock Basilica is undoubtedly its grand mosaic, which vividly portrays the Knock Apparition scene from 1879. This masterpiece, the largest of its kind in Europe, boasts 1.5 million individual mosaic tiles. Crafted in Spilimbergo, Italy by the skilled hands of Travisanutto and conceptualized by the illustrious Irish illustrator, PJ Lynch, it's a sight to behold.

Fr Peyton Centre

Nestled in the heart of Attymass, Co Mayo, the Father Peyton Centre stands as a testament to the incredible journey of Venerable Patrick Peyton C.S.C, a beloved Catholic priest. Our centre invites you to delve deep into the life and legacy of Fr. Peyton, a man whose devotion to family prayer and the Rosary has touched countless hearts.

Step into our exhibits and be transported through time. Witness a rich tapestry of photographs, personal items, and documents that paint a vivid picture of Fr. Peyton's unwavering faith and commitment. The serene surroundings, punctuated by majestic mountains and tranquil lakes, offer an idyllic setting for introspection and prayer.

For those on a spiritual quest, the Father Peyton Centre is a beacon. Here, you'll not only discover the profound impact of Venerable Patrick Peyton but also the essence of family prayer that he championed. Throughout the year, we host a myriad of events, from soulful retreats to special prayer services, ensuring there's something for everyone.

Our commitment extends beyond spiritual enrichment. Every Tuesday, we open our doors to senior citizens from nearby areas, offering Mass, a delightful lunch, and a chance to socialize. And with the Rural Transport Scheme and Local Link Bus Services, reaching us is a breeze.

Dive into the captivating story of a humble man from Attymass, Co. Mayo, who carried his message of family prayer and peace across the globe. After your insightful tour, take a moment to browse our curated gift shop, savor freshly baked delights, and find tranquility in our meticulously maintained gardens.

Details for Your Visit:

Contact: 096 45374

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Note: The Father Peyton Centre remains closed on Sundays.

We eagerly await your visit, ready to share the inspiring world of Venerable Patrick Peyton C.S.C. Join us and embark on a transformative journey of faith and inspiration.

Augustinian Friary

In the 13th century, the Nangle family, also known as deAngulo, seized the north-western region of what would become the barony of Costello following the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in the west. Around Lake Mannin, a Fitzgeralds branch is notable.

A 1932 newspaper snippet references 1249 as the year the Fitzgeralds established their presence, suggesting they built a manor and fortress on Friary Hill. This Ballyhaunis region eventually transitioned to the Nangles, later adopting the MacCostello name. Notably, the MacJordan Duff (or Dubh) subset of the MacCostello lineage centered around Lake Mannin and Ballyhaunis, establishing Rathnaguppaun as their primary fort. By 1282, the MacJordan Dubh took control of the Ballyhaunis vicinity, maintaining rule until 1586. This Costello line constructed the renowned Augustinian Abbey.

The Abbey entrance bears the date 1430, aligning with Rome's Augustinian records that cite a 1432 'recently founded' Irish Augustinian establishment. Supporting this, Friar Philip Nangle is tied to the foundation, marking Ballyhaunis as the sole Augustinian foundation linked to the Nangle family.