Explore the beautiful grounds and gardens at Knock Shrine!
For many pilgrims, taking time to walk through the gardens and experience the beauty and peace of the Shrine is an important part of their pilgrimage. The ground and gardens at Knock Shrine are maintained by dedicated team of gardeners, led by a head of horticulture. Every care is taken to ensure that the gardens are impeccably displayed for all visiting pilgrims to enjoy.
Every year, the gardens are replanted with new seeds sown from January onwards. We have a wide variety of native Irish trees, including mature oak, willow, weeping beech, copper beech, Cotoneaster Cornubia, Ash, Birch and Rowan, all of which are simply stunning during full bloom and in the Autumn period. We also have a number of dedicated trees and a Rose Garden.
Throughout the spring and summer months, the grounds at Knock Shrine come alive with an array of beautiful colours and a variety of plants and flowers.
Visiting pilgrims are welcome to walk the gardens and grounds and often comment on the peaceful feeling they get from taking in the beautiful sights and scents.
Planting of ‘Tree of Hope’ 10th August 2015
Trees of Remembrance
If you are planning to visit Knock and would like to see any of these trees, please contact the gardener at Knock Shrine main office who will be happy to assist you. Many trees have been planted around the Shrine grounds and gardens to mark a special occasion or for individuals who have a special association with Knock.
Monsignor Joseph Quinn, P.P., Knock Shrine, 2002-2011
A Beech Tree was planted to remember Monsignor Joseph Quinn, P. P., Knock. This tree was planted to mark his first year as Parish Priest at Knock.
Father Joe Taffe
A Yew tree was planted to remember the late Fr. Joe Taffe, originally from Eden in Knock, Fr. Taffe became the Spiritual Director of the Irish Welfare and Information Centre in Birmingham. He ministered in Birmingham for and became renowned for his work with underprivileged Irish emigrants.
Witness to Hope Tree
100 Masses for the Holy Souls, FR. Richard Gibbons, Rector, Knock Shrine
An Oak tree was planted as a reminder of this wonderful initiative, which commemorates the 100 Masses offered by Archdeacon Cavanagh in 1879. One Mass was offered by Fr. Richard each day from 14th May-21st August 2014.
In May 2011, one hundred roses were planted to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of Monsignor Horan, known as ‘The Builder of Knock’.
While you are here, why not take a look at the beautiful sculptures of Irish Saints, St Patrick, St Brigid, St Kevin and St Brendan. This statues, along with other exquisite representations were created by Canadian sculptor, Timothy P. Schmalz.
Our Lady of Knock Cross
This vision of Our Lady of Knock with John and Joseph at their sides, cross is made up of several famous Irish Saints: Patrick, Brendan, Brigid of Kildare, Kevin and Columkill. The crucifixion is depicted above with symbolic medallions of Matthew, Mark and Luke at the three corners of the cross. These corners are joined by a ring of angels appearing as links in a Celtic chain, a symbol of eternity.
St. Brigid of Kildare
This sculpture of St. Brigid captures that moment where she gave her father’s treasured sword to a leper in the presence of the King of Leinster. Before her father was able to strike her down, she explained that she had given the sword to God through the leper. The King, being a Christian, forbade her father to strike her and granted her freedom, saying “Her merit before God is greater than our own.”
St. Patrick – A Celtic Vision
This truly historic depiction of St. Patrick captures the great man of this man with his Celtic goat-skin cloak, braided hair and beard, shamrock in hand, confidently crushing the snake with his staff, a simple branch of a tree.
Legend has it that this Saint stood still in meditative prayer so long that birds would nest in his hands.
St. Brendan the Navigator
Believed to be one of the earliest explorers to North America, St. Brendan stands upright on his ship with hands stretched forward to receive what challenges God has laid before him.