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.