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Strange Occurrences in a small Irish village

Feature documentary ‘Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish village’ opened in Irish cinemas on the 26th of August, 2016.

Directed by Aoife Kelleher and produced by Rachel Lysaght & Lindsay Campbell for Underground films, the official synopsis is as follows: In rural Mayo , in 1879, a time of poverty, starvation and brutal land war, fifteen residents of the tiny townland of Knock roused the Parish Priest to tell him that they had seen the most extraordinary sight – a vision of Mary, St. Joseph, St. John, a host of angels and the Lamb of God – by the wall of the local church.

Their story spread far and wide and pilgrims from all over the world came to pay homage at the site of the Knock apparition.

Today, more than 135 years later, the small Irish village continues to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and the descendants of those first fifteen witnesses continue to tell of the strange occurrences that took place all those years ago.

But as the visitors – and the descendants – grow older and the country moves away from its staunchly Catholic past, does Knock still hold a place in Irish culture and identity?

Edited by Adelina Bichis here at Screen Scene, where Warren Dowling onlined and Donal O’Kane graded. Niall Brady was the sound Editor on the film and Ken Galvin provided the Sound Mix. Aishling Vesey Supervised post production.