Knock Witnesses Collage


Witnesses Accounts – Knock Museum Collection

“On the 21st August, 1879, at about 8 o’clock, Our Lady, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist appeared in a blaze of Heavenly light”

1. Dominick Byrne (senior)
Drum, Knock, aged thirty-six years

2. Dominick Byrne (junior)
Drum, Knock, aged twenty years approximately

3. Margaret Byrne,
Drum, Knock, aged twenty-one years

4. Mary Byrne,
Drum, Knock, aged twenty-nine years approximately

5. Mrs. Margaret Byrne (widow),
Drum, Knock, aged sixty-eight years

6. Patrick Byrne,
Carrowmore, Knock, aged sixteen years

7. Judith Campbell,
Carrowmore, Knock, aged twenty-two years

8. John Curry,
Lecarrow, Knock, aged five years

9. John Durkan,
Casual Labourer, aged twenty-four years approximately

10.Mrs. Hugh Flatley,
Cloonlee, Knock, aged forty-four years

11. Patrick Hill,
Claremorris, aged eleven years

12. Mary McLoughlin,
Archdeacon Cavanagh’s housekeeper,Knock, aged forty-five years

13. Catherine Murray,
Lisaniskea, Bekan, aged eight years

14. Bridget Trench,
Carrowmore, Knock, aged seventy-four years approximately

15. Patrick Walsh,
Ballindorris, Knock, aged sixty-five years approximately

Mary Byrne Testimony of Apparition

1st Commission of Enquiry, 1879


‘I beheld, all at once, standing out from the gable, and rather to the west of it, three figures which, on more attentive inspection, appeared to be that of the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph and St. John. That of the Blessed Virgin was life-size, the others apparently either not so big or not so high as her figure. They stood a little distance out from the gable wall and, as well as I could judge, a foot and a half or two feet from the ground. The Virgin stood erect, with eyes raised to heaven, her hands elevated to the shoulders or a little higher, the palms inclined slightly towards the shoulders or bosom. She wore a large cloak of a white colour, hanging in full folds and somewhat loosely around her shoulders, and fastened to the neck. She wore a crown on the head, rather a large crown, and it appeared to me somewhat yellower than the dress or robes worn by Our Blessed Lady.

In the figure of St. Joseph the head was slightly bent, and inclined towards the Blessed Virgin, as if paying her respect. It represented the saint as somewhat aged, with grey whiskers and greyish hair. The third figure appeared to be that of St. John the Evangelist…..Above the altar and resting on it was a lamb and around it I saw golden stars, or small brilliant lights, glittering like jets or glass balls, reflecting the light of some luminous body. I remained from a quarter past eight to half past nine o’clock. At the time it was raining.’

Mary Byrne Testimony of Apparition

2nd Commission of enquiry, 1936

‘I live in the village of Knock, to the east side of the chapel. Mary McLoughlin came on the evening of the 21st August to my house at about half past seven o’clock. She remained some little time.

“I am clear about everything I have said and I make this statement knowing I am going before my God”

Mary died six weeks later.


Read the Witnesses Accounts

Mary Beirne Part One
Mary Beirne Part One
Maggie Beirne Part Two
Maggie Beirne Part Two
Maggie Beirne Part Three
Maggie Beirne Part Three
Judy Campbell Part One
Judy Campbell Part One
Judy Campbell Part Two
Judy Campbell Part Two
Dominick Beirne Senior Part One
Dominick Beirne Senior Part One
Dominick Beirne Senior Part Two
Dominick Beirne Senior Part Two
Dominick Beirne Junior Part One
Dominick Beirne Junior Part One
Bridget Trench
Bridget Trench


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