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Comment #5385827 by Garreth Byrne

Garreth Byrne Aug 21st 2016, 9:39 AM #

I have had the pleasant experience, twenty years ago, of flying home for a holiday from Blantyre in Malawi to Heathrow and then from Stanstead to Knock. Seeing the stonewalled farms, the bogs and the patches of planted forest as the plane made its landing approach, and then getting the strong whiff of furze blossom and wild hedges as my taxi left the airport surrounds, was a miracle of nature. Msgr. James Horan was a man of strong faith and a Mayoman of practical vision. James Horan liberated Mayo and the West from geographical isolation in the 1980s, just as the Land League leader Michael Davitt in the 1870s liberated tenant farmers from rack-renting slavery. Horan and Davitt – two great names from Mayo. And Knock is a miracle.

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We spent a day talking to Irish pilgrims about strange occurrences (and airports)

We spent a day talking to Irish pilgrims about strange occurrences (and airports)

Do you remember the story of Knock? It’s still drawing in the crowds, in its busiest week of the year.

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