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A quiet retreat in the heart of Knock

The History of St. Mary's:

The Daughters of Charity opened St Mary's in Knock in 1931, to welcome pilgrims from all over the world to enjoy the tranquillity and partake in religious retreat in Knock.

The Daughters of Charity opened St. Mary's with the mission to care and provide a space for Pilgrims wishing to experience a retreat in the hallowed environment of Knock Shrine. The Daughters of Charity were committed to  welcoming pilgrims from all over the world, providing a sense of warmth and hospitality, enabling a spiritual and tranquil space for Pilgrims, so as to assist in their religious retreat to Knock shrine.

The Daughters of Charity were requested to set up a new foundation in Knock after the  revival of devotion at Knock after the 1929 Golden Jubilee of the Apparition of Our Lady in Knock. There was an increase in pilgrims visiting Knock and so Fr Robert Jones CM and the Daughters of Charity discussed with the Parish Priest at the time Fr John Tuffy establishing a dedicated Retreat House for Pilgrims.  It was decided that the Parochial House would be converted into this new centre. The building was built by Archdeacon Cavanagh shortly  after the Apparition. Archdeacon Cavanagh also resided in St. Mary's towards the end of his life. After his death on 8th December 1897 , his room was converted into the sisters chapel. Many of our guests use this area for private prayer as well as for holding mass.

The foundation of the Daughters of Charity were formally established in St. Mary's in Knock on 29th July 1931, during their first year the sisters had a full house of pilgrims. Over the years the sister cared for pilgrims from all over Ireland and indeed the world. The sisters also renovated and expanded  the original building, adding additional guest rooms, a lounge and a restaurant to cater for the increased number of pilgrims. and overnight guests.

Due to a decline in the number of sisters in the later half of the 20th century in the region, many sisters were asked to take up more urgent ministry elsewhere. This had an affect on St Mary's and caused the Daughters of Charity to reduce their workload due to their age and limited numbers. As the process of discernment continued the Daughters of Charity decided to withdraw from St. Mary's.  In January 2017 Our Lady's Shrine took over management of St. Marys' and continue on the Daughters of Charity's legacy  and mission of offering a prefect space for pilgrims hoping to enjoy Knock.

  • How do I get in touch with St Mary's
    You can contact St Mary's by phone on094 9388156 or by email or through the form on the website.
  • How do I make a reservation?
    Reservations can be made by phone ( 094 93 88156 ), by email ( ), or by contacting us through the enquiry forms on our website
  • How can I find out what is going on in Knock?
    You can check out the Knock Shrine ( )website to see upcoming events and feast days in Knock
  • Is the restaurant open to the public?
    Yes, Cavanagh's Restaurant is open for Lunch between 12.00pm and 2.30pm and for Dinner between 5.00pm and 6.30pm. Carvery Lunch is served every Saturday and Sunday during the Pilgrimage season from 12.00pm to 2.30pm You can find the Day Menu under the Cavanagh's Restaurant Tab.
  • Is there an elevator in St Mary's
    Yes, there is an elevator in St Mary's however, some rooms are on corridors not accessible via the lift. If you or anyone in your group have mobility issues please make staff aware at the time of booking.
  • Do you have wheelchair accessible rooms?
    We do have a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms. If you have any mobility issues or special requirements such as a wheelchair accessible room, pleas make staff aware at the time of booking.
  • Do you offer convalescence?
    No, we do not offer any convalescence care.
Exterior view of St Mary's with a sign out the front with contact details. A three storey building.
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