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County Mayo is situated in the west of Ireland and is part of Connacht. It is the third largest county in the country and is bordered by counties Galway, Roscommon and Sligo and by the Atlantic Ocean.
The county hosts a famous catholic pilgrimage site, Knock. In 1879, two local women are said to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist, at the gable of the Church of St John the Baptist. This was later validated by the Catholic Church and made into a pilgrimage site. The nearby Knock Folk Museum has a section covering the background and events surrounding this miracle. Each year it plays host to over 1½ million visitors that make the pilgrimage, amongst them: Pope John Paul II in 1979 and Mother Theresa in 1993.
Croagh Patrick is Ireland's holy mountain. Its name comes from St Patrick, the country's national saint. It is one of Mayo's most famous landmarks and home to the highest church in Ireland, located at its summit. Its Christian heritage dates back to 441, when
St Patrick is said to have spent forty days fasting on the mountain, whilst praying for the Irish people. The summit, some 2510ft high, offers breathtaking panoramic views over Clew Bay.
The county offers some fine angling and fishing, good golf courses, beautiful outdoor walks, mountain climbing trails and many important historical sites. Its rugged Atlantic coastline and surrounding islands host some of the most diverse wildlife in the country. Mayo also has its own international airport at Knock.
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