Shopping in Knock
The entire community of Knock is dedicated to accommodating the numerous visitors of the Pilgrimage, one of Europe’s main Marian shrines. The large number of people visiting the small town (630,000 thousand people used Knock Airport in 2008) is a sign of the effort Knock community members need to make to accommodate the visitors. Virtually half the town of Knock is shops selling all kinds of products, from souvenirs to food and from religious books to spiritual arts and craft. Naturally, this area of shopping is the most popular in Knock.
Visitors can start their shopping at Ireland West Airport Knock, if they are flying in. There is a duty free shop, a tax refund shop and various other vendors that might interest incoming passengers. When in town, visitors may taste some of Ireland’s food produce. Ireland, and especially the Mayo region, is so natural and pollution free that Irish food products are famous and exported to all EU countries and the US. Dairy products, smoked salmon and sausages are excellent choses either for consumption during your visit or to buy in gift baskets or hampers and take back home. Do check whether you are allowed to take fresh produce across the border.
Knock’s great attraction is Ireland’s National Marian Shrine. Visitors who are shopping for souvenirs, gifts, spiritual objects or books will find many shops both in the village and in the Pilgrimage area where all sites have individual, official gift shops. Large companies based in the wider Knock area supply vendors and pilgrims with a wide selection of spiritual objects. Lists of products are available in various sites. Other than the essentials such as ‘little prayer’ books, small, simple crosses to wear around your neck, rosaries and Bibles, you can also find nice post cards and books with the story of the Apparition and other details concerning the Catholic faith.
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