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Address: Abbey Lane, Ballyshannon, Ireland

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Beautiful surroundings , although not much to see regarding actual cave

Extremely photographic place with river and growth surrounding area steeped in history.. Worth a wander around and visit St.Patrick well and mill wheel which is very close by

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Sandra M
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

Extremely photographic place with river and growth surrounding area steeped in history.. Worth a wander around and visit St.Patrick well and mill wheel which is very close by

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Was not overly impressed but I suppose I expected a lot more and it is a historic site to visit. It is located in a nice part of Ballyshannon - beside the Water wheel and the Holy Well all within walking distance.

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Ballyshannon, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Historical Mass Rock site where Catholic Priest's were murdered by English marauders during 12th & 13th Century. A 3 minute drive from town of Ballyshannon

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Donegal
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

These are caves where people used to say Mass during the Penal Times. They are a nice sight to see. There are a few of them to see. They are beside the abbey mill

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West Terre Haute
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This was a very simple yet impactful experience for my family and I, we are Catholics and it was very interesting to see where they practiced religion at a time when it was outlawed.

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I visited here on Saturday 13th July. It's a short distance from The Abbey Mill. There is a path along a river surrounded by trees. It's an interesting visit and shows how faith was important to Roman Catholics in Penal Times and the lengths they went to, to participate in mass. You can still see the entry to the tunnel... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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117 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This was a wonderful little walk behind the Abbey along a babbling brooke. Very serene and beautiful. Plenty of parking as well as a small cafe on premises. No FEE to enter

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Enjoyed the visit to the cave, mill, bridge and then down to votive tree and shrine. Beautiful scenery and a strong feeling of history. Thoroughly enjoyed!

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Perth
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3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

You might be disappointed, a small cave with a dirt floor next to a babbling brook and surrounded by majestic trees but...if you feel the awe of a holy place and appreciate the sense of history from a place where local catholics celebrated Mass in secret with a travelling priest, strong in their faith yet denied the right to express... More 

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