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Car Hire at Knock International Airport
Ireland West Airport Knock (generally known as Knock Airport) is located 5.6km south-west of Charlestown in County Mayo. It was built in 1985 to transport pilgrims who wanted to visit the nearby Knock Shrine, which commemorates an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Located off the main Galway-Sligo road (N17), it is the west of Ireland's largest airport and serves such western counties as Mayo, Galway, and Sligo.
The car hire desks at Knock are situated in the arrivals area, on the left as you leave the baggage area. You will find details of the opening hours on your Nova Car Hire booking confirmation voucher. A member of staff will show you to your rental car. Familiarise yourself with the vehicle's controls before you leave the car park, particularly if you are unused to driving a manual transmission car. Signposts indicate you should follow the main N17 route, which leads to the main locations nearby.
Knock Museum is best-known as the location where more than a dozen people claim to have seen an apparition of St. John and the Virgin Mary in 1879. The site of the alleged vision has become an international shrine and pilgrimage point for religious followers and the simply curious. Visit Knock Museum to see associated documents, witness statements, and other artifacts. Drive a little further south into Knock village, a traditional Irish community with several restaurants, shops, and B&Bs.
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Image: Trawmore Beach, Mayo, by chrispd1975