A new church is blessed and dedicated during ceremonies at Knock Shrine in County Mayo.
Our Lady Queen of Ireland is Ireland’s largest church and will hold around 5,000 worshippers.
The new church was blessed and dedicated by Most Rev Joseph Cunnane, Archbishop of Tuam. A service was presided by Cardinal Conway with fifteen bishops in attendance. It is estimated that 15,000 people travelled to the Mayo town for the ceremony.
The new church cost over a million pounds and will not be officially opened until August 1979. With around 750,000 visitors each year, Knock is rated among the leading shrines in the Christian world. The new church is divided into five chapels and stones from the thirty two counties were used in its construction.
A special choir was selected from throughout the diocese of Tuam for the occasion and was conduced by Gabriel Kelly. The organist was the Very Rev C Scahill, Parish Priest of Balla.
The service ended with Benediction and the blessing of the sick.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 July 1976.