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Knock Shrine leads first pilgrimage to New York
Fr Richard Gibbons, Rector of Knock Shrine, with some of the pilgrims as they prepared to board at Ireland West Airport on Monday.

In a role reversal, Knock Shrine sent out pilgrims on a charter flight to the US this week to take part in a ceremony that will see the remains of the youngest witness to the Knock apparition reinterred at Old St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York.

The remains of John Curry will be brought from the current location at Pine Lawn Cemetery, Long Island to St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday, for a special requiem Mass celebrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.


Fr Richard Gibbons, Rector of Knock Shrine, said the significance of the visit is two-fold “in that it will recognise John Curry’s place as a witness and native of Knock and also pay tribute to others like him, the ‘forgotten Irish’ who faced the desolation of leaving home never to return”. 

“This unique trip provides an opportunity to take part in a special, once in a lifetime trip flying out from Ireland West Airport to New York and take in the various sights and places of significance and to be part of something very unique and special,” he said.