Ireland West Airport Knock

Ireland West Airport Knock (Irish: Aerfort Iarthar Éireann Chnoc Mhuire) is a regional airport located 5.6km (3.5 miles) south-west of Charlestown, County Mayo, Ireland. The village of Knock is 20km (12.5 miles) away. In 2014, 703,318 passengers used the airport, making it 4th busiest in the Republic of Ireland after Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airport. It was previously known as Knock International Airport, Connaught Regional Airport, and Horan International Airport. Some airlines (especially low-cost airlines) know it as Knock Ireland West. Connaught Aero Club and Eirtrade Aircraft Services are based at the airport.

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Connaught

Knock (Irish: An Cnoc, meaning The Hill – but now more generally known in Irish as Cnoc Mhuire, "Hill of (the Virgin) Mary") is a village in County Mayo, Ireland. Its notability is derived from the Knock Shrine, at which the Virgin Mary, together with Saint Joseph and John the Evangelist, appeared on 21 August 1879. In the 20th century Knock became one of Europe's major Catholic Marian shrines, alongside Lourdes and Fatima. One and a half million pilgrims visit Knock Shrine annually. Pope John Paul II, a supporter of devotion to the Virgin Mary, visited Knock in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of the apparition.

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