Ballintubber Abbey, County Mayo

Ballintubber Abbey is an abbey two kilometres northeast of the village of Ballintubber, County Mayo in Ireland that was founded by King Cathal Crobdearg Ua Conchobair in 1216. It is said to be the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that is still in regular use.Despite being suppressed and damaged during the Protestant Reformation, the roofless abbey continued to be used throughout penal times by Catholics. In 1966, the nave was restored and re-roofed in time for the 750th anniversary of the abbey's foundation and, in 1997, the Chapter House and Dorter area were restored and re-roofed. In 2016, during the 800th anniversary celebrations, planning permission to restore the entire east wing was granted.The abbey has several modern outdoor attractions, including a very modern abstract Way of the Cross, an underground permanent Crib, and a Rosary Way. There is a small museum. According to the Ballintubber website, Seán na Sagart, the infamous priest-hunter, is buried in the cemetery. A large tree marks the spot.The abbey marks the beginning of Tochar Phádraig, the ancient pilgrimage route to Croagh Patrick, long defunct but now reopened as a cross-country pilgrimage and tourist trail.Other burialsTibbot ne Long Bourke, 1st Viscount Mayo
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  • When I was there to see the Abbey, I knew that Grace O'Malleys son was buried there. I walked and walked the entire area looking for his gravestone and never found it! So I went into the gift shop and...  more »
  • Great tour guide who did a wonderful job pointing out all the key elements of the Abbey and it’s grounds. Such rich history.  more »
  • It was pouring rain and this abbey was only a bit off the main road, so we decided to visit and get inside out of the rain. Other reviewers have mentioned the interesting history and its unique charac...  more »
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  • Wonderful abbey and grounds. Highly recommended the little crib if it is open to learn the story of how Robins got their red breast. Also the two walks around the abbey lined with stone carvings and wood sculptures are definitely a sight to see. Inside the abbey is very calm and peaceful with fantastic stained glass windows!
  • "The Abbey that refused to die". I never get tired of visiting this very special place of prayer and pilgrimsge. A wonderful place for retreat and wedding celebrations.
  • Beautiful historic Abbey with lovely scenery.
  • Wonderful town, great history and pilgrimage
  • Beautiful simple Abbey, enjoyed our time here. Lovely walk around the Abbey. Steeped in history. Very spiritual experience. Lovely adoration chapel to spend quiet reflection time with the Lord. Was a wedding there , so beautiful a setting. No down side

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