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Friday 21 July 2017

Team behind 'One Million Dubliners' set to make documentary about Knock

Knock shrine, Co.Mayo
Knock shrine, Co.Mayo

Sarah-Jane Murphy

The director of the phenomenally successful One Million Dubliners has announced that she will soon begin work on a new documentary based on the town of Knock, Co Mayo.

Aoife Kelleher was delighted with the reaction to One Million Dubliners, and is hoping for a similar response to Knock, a town she describes as "built on a miracle."

The documentary team say that their aim is to uncover what Knock means for people today.

Footage will give viewers an insight to the town which Kelleher says is "just bursting with stories."

"We’re interested in the story of The Miracle and what Knock means to the people who travel here, whether from New Ross or New York," she said.

Approximately 1.6 million pilgrims visit Knock annually, and the documentary will strive to ascertain why people still believe that Knock has miraculous powers.

Recently the first Aer Lingus transatlantic chartered pilgrimage flight from North America to Knock brought 178 pilgrims to the town.

The documentary has already been guaranteed funding from RTE and the Broadcasting Association of Ireland, but the team say that they need more money to do the story justice.

They are attempting to raise €70,000 in 36 days.

"We are reaching out to you - the curious, the skeptical, fans of film, believers and non-believers alike - to help us explore this unique world, where religion is everywhere.

"Together lets discover what it's like to live in the town that was built on a miracle," Kelleher said.

You can find out more about the project and make a donation here:

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