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Grand Openings

Knock Airport in Co. Mayo celebrated its 10th birthday this week.
Many stories surround its founding .
Here is one.

Monsignor Horan wanted a celebrity to perform the grand opening.

First he asked the former leader of Fianna Fáil, C.J.Haughey. He couldn’t do it.

Then he asked that famous local politician, Pee Flynn. He wasn’t available either.

His third choice was the Virgin Mary. He called her up and she agreed.

She descended from the clouds on the appointed day and addressed the multitudes.

If she had known Knock was such a beautiful place, she said, she would have come before.

extract from Irish Times, undated.

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