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Ballintubber Abbey, County Mayo

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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. It is planned to restore the entire east wing before the 800th year celebration in 2016.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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  • The history alone is worth the trip. Very stunning grounds!!! Amazingly BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the story line and the plaques posted everywhere. The original church ruins are through the roof AMAZING!!!  more »
  • I visited yesterday with a group. Eucharist arranged with Fr Frank. It is a wonderful place steeped in history and spirituality. It retains a sense of its history. It has been creatively and imaginati...  more »
  • I was so impressed with this wonderful abbey. It was so beautiful, peaceful and prayerful. The local people were so friendly and kind. There is a great bookshop around the back of the abbey and the ou...  more »
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  • Steeped in history. Beautiful grounds and perfect acoustics. 801 years in constant use as a Catholic Church having survived the famine and all the wars when Churches were burned all over the country
  • 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
  • Steeped in history that appeals to ones Celtic roots as well as ones Catholic Heritage, the abbey remains a fully functional church, offering daily and weekend masses, feast celebrations, and a Passion Play on the grounds during Holy Week.
  • An amazing spiritual peaceful experience that i will take with me wherever i am in the future!!
  • A place of peace for me