Knock Shrine and grounds historically closes to the public at 8pm this evening until Sunday morning – as the pandemic impacts on Aug 15th celebrations
Earlier this week, the Parish Priest of Knock Fr Richard Gibbons announced the unprecedented decision by Shrine management to close off the facilities to the public from tonight, until 7am on Sunday morning.
August 15th is traditionally one of the biggest days at the Shrine, the Holy day traditionally attracts up to 20,000 pilgrims. It usually occurs during the National Novena at Knock, but the National Novena has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic.
However, with the exception of tomorrow (Sat) Knock Shrine and grounds is open to the public and is attracting significant crowds daily, since it re-opened after Covid -19 lockdown.
Fr Gibbons explained to Midwest News that even with the National Novena cancelled, there were concerns that large crowds might gather at the Shrine tomorrow. To avoid that, and the difficulties in maintaining Covid 19 regulations, it has been decided to close off the Shrine and grounds entirely tomorrow to the public.
The facilities will be open agin from 7am on Sunday morning to the public