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(...)

‘You would get quite a number of people who would retire to Knock,’ the parish priest said. File image: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

A pensioner who died alone in Knock, Co Mayo and whose body went undiscovered for a number of weeks was believed to have moved to the area because of (...)

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(...)

Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass at the Knock Basilica in 1979.

The year of preparation for the World Meeting of Families(WMoF) in 2018 was officially launched in Knock last week, a curiously appropriate venue. Kn(...)

Marty Morrissey:  “I was honoured and delighted to be asked, not least as I’m no Holy Joe. Or Holy Marty.”

When RTÉ sports personality Marty Morrissey received a phone call inviting him to address the throngs of people attending the annual novena at Knock S(...)

In an undated photo, John Curry, centre, with Patrick Hill, right, his cousin and fellow witness to the Apparition at Knock, and an unidentified friend. Photograph: Knock Shrine via The New York Times

The letter delivered by hand to the Home for the Aged of the Little Sisters of the Poor commanded one of its residents - a John Curry - to appear befo(...)

Anthony Foley’s sons Tony and Dan with Munster players  at Thomond Park, Limerick shortly after the player’s death last October. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

The wife of the late Anthony Foley has said the response to a campaign initiated by her 11-year-old son Tony following the death of the Munster legend(...)

A scene from Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village

Aoife Kelleher has a knack for locating stories that Irish people want to hear. One Million Dubliners, her documentary about Glasnevin Cemetery, play(...)

Knock basilica: the mosaic depicts the 1879 apparition at Knock

The newly refurbished basilica at Knock, Co Mayo, has won the Interior Architectural Project of the Year 2016 at the Irish Design and Build Awards. T(...)

What is believed to be one of the largest mosaics in Ireland, if not Europe, is about to be installed at the Basilica in Knock, Co Mayo. Depicting the(...)

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