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  • The airport has not suffered from over-development
    The airport has not suffered from...
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  • Another tacky souvenir to savour
    Another tacky souvenir to savour
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  • Christy Moore
    Christy Moore
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    Small shed at the airport...

    by sourbugger Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    Another tacky souvenir to savour

    Favorite thing: Knock airport is probably unique in the world in that it has a 'shrine' office in the middle of the arrivals hall.

    This consists of a small wooden shed staffed by ladies (one at a time) of a certain age who dispense everything and anything to do with the Marian Shrine up the road.

    Beware, these ladies after years of training as Irish mother-in-laws will get their claws into you. Even if you had no intention of visiting the shrine, one innocent question and they have got you.

    You will no...go on..on go on go on.

    P.S there is also a statue of Mary the Virgin on the side of the airport apron..it is just a pity that Richard Branson's airline doesn't fly here !

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    Delightfully small airport

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    The airport has not suffered from over-development

    Favorite thing: On a recent visit by my father, I am told that whilst waiting on the runway at Knock airport the pilot came on the intercom and asked :

    "Has anyone left a small child behind"...a large group of blokes realised they were missing one of their flock.

    As the plane taxied a little further, again the pilot came on the intercom..

    "Has anyone left a blue woollen cardigan in the terminal building...?"

    Such things could only happen here....I

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    How to get to Knock

    by globetrotter_2006 Written Mar 2, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Knock Shrine is located in the town of Knock, in County Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland. Access by air to Knock International Airport (8 miles from Knock) with scheduled services from Dublin, London, Manchester.

    Train services from Dublin to Claremorris (6 miles from Knock) and bus services from all major towns and cities. By road Knock is 140 miles from Dublin and 45 miles from Galway. It is located on the N17 road, midway between Galway and Sligo.

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    Christy Moore Lyrics - The Knock song

    by sourbugger Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    Christy Moore

    Favorite thing: I recently came across this song by the Irish folk singer Christy Moore. There must be very few songs written about airports - but this is a cracking good story.

    At the early age of thirty-eight, my mother said, Go west!
    Get up, says she, And get a job! Says I, I'll do my best
    I pulled on my wellingtons to march to Kiltimagh
    But I took a wrong turn in Charlestown and I ended up in Knock

    Once this quiet crossroads was a place of gentle prayer
    Where Catholics got indulgent once or twice a year
    You could buy a pair of rosary beads or get your candles blessed
    If you had a guilty conscience you could get it off your chest

    Then came the priest from Partry, Father Horan was his name
    Ever since he's been appointed Knock has never been the same
    Begod, says Jim, 'Tis eighty years since Mary was adout
    'Tis time for another miracle, and he blew the candle out

    From Fatima to Bethlehem and from Lourdes to Kiltimagh
    I've never seen a miracle like the airport up in Knock

    And to establish terra firma he drew up a ten year plan
    And he started running bingo around nineteen sixty-one
    He built a fabulous basilica upon the Holy Ground
    And once he had a focal point he started to expand

    Chip shops and bed and breakfasts sprung up overnight
    Once a place for quiet retreat, now it's a holy sight
    All sorts of fancy restaurants for every race and creed
    Where black and white and yellow pilgrims could get a mighty feed

    We had the Blessed Virgin here, Father Horan did declare
    And Foster and Allen, they appeared just over there
    Now do you mean to tell me, says he in total shock
    That I am not entitled to an auld airport here in Knock

    The TDs were lobbied and harrassed with talk of promised votes
    And people who'd been loyal for years spoke of changing coats
    Excommunication was threatened upon the flock
    Who said it was abortive building airports up in Knock

    (cont...)

    Fondest memory: Now everyone is happy and the miracle it's complete
    Father Horan's got his auld runway - and it's eighteen thousand feet
    All sorts of planes could land there, of that there's little doubt
    It'll be handy now for George Bush to knock Gadafi out

    From Fatima to Bethlehem and from Lourdes to Kiltimagh
    I've never seen a miracle like the airport up in Knock
    Now poor old Father Jim is gone to the airport in the sky
    And down on Barr na Cuiga he keeps a friendly eye
    On Ryanair and Aer Lingus as they fly to and fro
    We'll never see his likes again on the planes of sweet Mayo

    Did NATO donate the dough, my boys, did NATO donate the dough
    Did NATO donate the dough, my boys, did NATO donate the dough

    From Fatima to Bethlehem and from Lourdes to Kiltimagh
    I've never seen a miracle like the airport up in Knock

    (Foster & Allen - popular Irish folk duo)
    (TDs - Teachtarai Dail, Members of the Irish Parliament)

    For more detail about the lyrics look up this website :

    http://mysongbook.de/msb/songs/k/knock.html

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