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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  • August 4, 2017
    Visited the Abbey grounds with my wife and grandchildren. This was the children's first visit. This is a very special place, peaceful and prayerful. This is the church where I was married almost 40 ye...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    South of Castlebar, on the N84 is located a small Abbey perfectly renovated with a nave to the beautiful inner wood frame, a small cemetery and a well-kept garden. The tour is free, freedom of everyone to make an offering or not. Small also free parking nearby. The place is very quickly but offers a quiet and conducive to relaxation serenity... before continuing his tour of discoveries continue for example by the monastery of Clonmacnoise.
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  • June 28, 2017
    well-kept grounds, with interesting walk around the grounds focussing on the stations of the cross and Mary. It was quiet and peaceful in the evening when we visited. The grounds are well kept. There ...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    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
  • December 29, 2016
    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
  • November 30, 2016
    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.
  • December 21, 2016
    An amazing spiritual peaceful experience that i will take with me wherever i am in the future!!
  • June 22, 2017
    A place of peace for me

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