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Father Gibbons explained that at this time the national Marian Shrine is open to the public and pilgrims for the celebration of daily Mass with restricted capacity at Knock Basilica. Photograph: Conor McKeown

The annual Knock National Novena has been postponed until later this year. Parish priest and rector of Knock Shrine, Fr Richard Gibbons, has announce(...)

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine on August 26th, 2018, during his visit to Ireland. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis is set to give Knock shrine a new and unique status next week. The Co Mayo site will be recognised as an International Marian and Eucha(...)

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo last year. It is 140 years today since 15 local people said they  saw an apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, and a lamb in the village. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/AFP/Getty Images.

It was very wet that evening in Knock on August 21st, 1879, 140 years ago today, when 15 local people saw the apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John t(...)

Audrey Elliott with the     Mayo football jersey signed by Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock, Co Mayo, which she hopes will lift the Mayo ‘curse’ so the team can win an All-Ireland title.  Photograph:   Cate McCurry/PA

When Pope Francis flew into the west of Ireland on Sunday morning, he may have felt there was a “lot done, more to do”. During his 90 minutes in east(...)

Preparations are made at the Phoenix Park in Dublin ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

More than 600,000 people are expected to turn out in Dublin and Knock this weekend to see Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland, the first by a pon(...)

Pope John Paul II in Galway in 1979. Photograph: The Irish Times

When Pope Francis flies into Ireland West Airport for his brief visit to Knock shrine on Sunday week, he will have to atone for past sins, not least (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers, a strong supporter of repealing the Eighth Amendment,  welcomed the referendum result, stating  “it represents a seismic shift in our society”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Joyous but restrained celebrations from repealers greeted returning officer Fintan Murphy’s announcement of the referendum result in Mayo. The total (...)

Bernadette Curtis and Joan Dardis, with family members, were asked by a garda to get off a  bus at Busáras in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two sisters who sued Bus Éireann over being asked to get off a bus to Knock shrine in Co Mayo have lost their High Court action for damages for defama(...)

Kevin Donnellan (15) who died on Tuesday when he was struck by a car.

The small west Clare village of Knock is “numb, shocked and saddened” today following the tragic death of a local teenager in the early hours of Tuesd(...)

A bit of Irish sun in March is not unheard of, as this shot from March 2012 in Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green shows. Although extreme lows were rare this March it  was a cold month, with most stations recording below-average air temperatures. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Met Éireann is predicting a timely turnaround over the Easter weekend as rain and chilly conditions make way for more pleasant weather nationwide.Foll(...)

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