Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC)
Orientation and Maps
Situated in the County Mayo area of western Ireland, the town of Knock is small and village-like in appearance, with a population of just over 600 in the town and around 1,450 in the rural area. Best known for its famous Roman Catholic shrine, Knock caters well for the surprisingly high numbers of tourists who visit. Each year, more than one and half million people travel to Knock for the shrine alone. Close to the shrine, many souvenirs are offered for sale in local gift shops, including statues and bottles of holy water.
For such a small town, Knock is home to an extremely busy airport, servicing more than 650,000 passengers per annum. In the past, the airport has gone by many different names, including Connact and Horan, but today is known as simply the Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC). Located in the north-eastern suburbs of the town, the award-winning Knock Airport opened in 1986 and has been directly responsible for the area's tourism boom.
Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC) Maps: Important City Districts
Close to Knock, the town of Charlestown is worthy of attention and was founded in the mid-19th century. Also nearby and in County Mayo, Westport lies along the coastline and is an appealing town, just minutes away from the Croagh Patrick mountain.
Other popular locations within easy reach of Knock include Ballina, which is known for its fishing boats, and Castlebar. County Mayo's main town, Castlebar has a population of more than 6,000 and is home to the National Museum of Ireland and also the noteworthy Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.