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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(...)

Monsignor James Horan was a major force behind Knock airport’s development. Photograph: Knock archive

It was nearly strangled at birth, the preposterous notion of an airport on the top of a mountain that was shrouded in mist. Urban Ireland spluttered i(...)