Celebrations for The Feast of the Assumption, which attracts more than 20,000 people to Knock, County Mayo every year, have been cancelled
Going to Knock?
Not so fast, pilgrim.
In a statement the rector of Knock Shrine, Fr Richard Gibbons, said the Co Mayo venue will not open for the Feast of the Assumption on 15 August due to the escalation of the virus around the country.
Fr Gibbons said during discussions with church and State bodies it was decided the shrine did not have the resources to deal with the large numbers of people expected.
He said: “As the National Marian Shrine, we have been extra vigilant in living up to our responsibilities amid this pandemic in placing people’s physical and spiritual well-being to the fore.”
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Pic: Knock Shrine