Knock Shrine closed this August 15th for first time ever

For the first time ever, Knock and Shrine and grounds will be closed this August 15th.

Normally, more than 20,000 people would visit the Marian Shrine to mark the Feast of Assumption.

It is the highlight of the annual National Novena to Our Lady Of Knock, which has also been cancelled this year.

The parish priest of Knock, Fr Richard Gibbons, is urging people not come to Knock on the 15th.