Knock Shrine has placed it's employees on a period of temorary lay-off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement on their website from Fr Richard Gibbons, Parish Preist said: "We do this with a very heavy heart, but this crisis is unprecedented for all of us and this action was necessary in order to secure the long-term future of our valued employees.
"Unfortunately, the weeks ahead present many unknowns but I am confident that we will overcome this crisis together and we will come back stronger than ever.
"This situation has forced a new way of thinking for the Shrine and we will continue to live-stream two Masses each day on both our Website (www.knockshrine.ie ), Facebook and YouTube. Please also remember that you can continue to order your Mass Cards and Candles online from our Website.
"We hope and pray that we can all return to normality in the near future."