Knock ’n’ Roll

The once much ridiculed airport in the west of Ireland, Knock, overcame impossible odds to become one of the country’s most unusual aviation success stories. Declan Hasson reflects on the remote Irish gateway’s extraordinary history and development.

Ireland West Airport (formerly Knock International Airport) is in County Mayo, ten miles from the village of Knock and “approximately half-way” between Sligo (34 miles to the north) and Galway (55 miles south). The surrounding landscape is one of small towns and villages – a feature of this part of Ireland’s western seaboard.

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