Knock Eating & Drinking
The town of Knock is a rather quiet town, much like others in the heart of the county of Mayo. It is close to the ocean facing westwards, towards the destination of many Irish people who, at the end of the 19th century, desperate with poverty and hunger, decided to leave their homeland seeking their fortune on the other side of the Big Pond. With their determination and courage and perhaps with the blessings of their beloved Virgin Mary, many of them succeeded and made a new home in America keeping Ireland dear in their Catholic hearts.
Knock sees many visitors every year. As many as 1.5 million people come to the small Irish town. But there is no wild (or even quiet) nightlife to attract visitors as one would expect to find in a highly visited place. Visitors come to Knock for other reasons and they are well known and obvious. Some people refer to them as pilgrims but the term religious tourist is more accurate and to the point. Naturally, these visitors still have to be accommodated, they still have to eat and are in need of transportation and security.
Religious tourism is not a new trend. Since the beginning of the 20th century, local communities around the world have decided that pilgrims should not have to sleep outdoors or carry their own food. Visitors of Knock will find an adequate choice of restaurants offering traditional Irish food and International specialties. There are no registered pubs or bars in Knock, but visitors may check the area for fast food restaurants, pubs with traditional music and places offering ethnic cuisine. The Irish do know how to make a party out of anything, so none of this means that Knock is a boring place to be. Just be ready to experience a more demure eating and dining experience.
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