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Ballintubber Abbey

| Ballintubber, Claremorris, Ireland
+353 94 903 0934
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“The Abbey that refused to die” Founded in 1216 by Cathal Crovderg O’Connor, King of Connaught. Among the medieval religious foundations whose ruins dot the Irish countryside, the Abbey is unique. This remarkable Abbey is the only church in Ireland where, for 800 years, Mass has been offered without a break. Experience for yourself the story of “the Abbey that refused to die”. Our video and guides will take you through the stories of Cromwellian burnings, suppression and notorious priest hunter, Sean na Sagart. Guided Tours available daily. Spend some time to savour the atmosphere of quiet contemplation in the grounds. We offer retreats for confirmation students, young adults and adults in the Abbey. In recent years, Ballintubber Abbey has also become a popular wedding venue for couples seeking a distinctive and historic setting. From Ballintubber Abbey, stretching out to Croagh Patrick, is Tochar Phadraig, the ancient pilgrim path. Every year hundreds of pilgrims walk this path – a distance of 35km, and it is now recognised as one of Pilgrim Paths Ireland’s National Walks. Pilgrims must register in the Abbey before setting out, where they will receive maps etc. Church Island is a place of prayer and contemplation, in Lough Carra, associated with the Abbey. The early Church has been restored and the paths, the woods, its grove and inlets portray our salvation journey in an imaginative way. During summer and early autumn groups can spend a day or more on Retreat there. The Celtic Furrow is a Visitor Centre close to the Abbey where visitors can experience the way of life, customs and festivals of long ago through models, paintings, labyrinths etc. It is open during July and August.
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| Ballintubber, Claremorris, Ireland
+353 94 903 0934

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Reviewed October 24, 2016

We stopped here for a short break during a long drive. The Abbey building showed an interesting short video telling about the history of the Monastery. There was a cemetery outside with some beautiful celtic gravestones.. We visited in March and they were also having...More

2  Thank Vicki N
Reviewed September 23, 2016

Celebrating 800 years of existence, this abbey is peaceful and serene. The cemetery was a nice walk with interesting finds like Mary and Martha's house and the stations of the cross are lovely and well kept. St. Patrick preached and baptized people here! There are...More

2  Thank jenned17
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

What an amazing place! Full of family memories. Well maintained grounds. Exciting plans for the future. Well worth a visit no matter who you are.

1  Thank ASmith1966
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Such a special place as a wedding venue. Turn off the Castlebar road from Ballinrobe after Partry, well signposted, to find this historic site built in 1276! Great photos, atmospheric and unique. There's a graveyard to walk around too! Worth seeing.

1  Thank MarOReilly
Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Stopped off on a whim, not a religious person my self and sometimes sits can be a bit overdone. This was a nice surprise just a quiet Abbey church, within nice grounds peaceful and relaxing

2  Thank Drux67
Reviewed August 16, 2016

Even visiting on a rainy late afternoon didn't dampen the charm and beauty of this amazing place. With an 800 year history of continuous masses, this abbey has survived disaster, and been restored to its former greatness. The most incredible stories are revealed by the...More

1  Thank Jan D
Reviewed August 13, 2016

This abbey is over 800 years old and still operating today. Naturally, there is a lot of history attached to these buildings. We joined a tour to hear many of the stories and to see the various sites on the lovely grounds. We were also...More

1  Thank 448andyk
Reviewed June 23, 2016

Abbey has nice grounds with some interesting walk ways, see the crib, Elizabeth house, and the pilgrims hostel ruins. Also, worthwhile to watch 20 minute video about the abbey in the back shop. It tells the gripping tale of Sean, the priest killer and walking...More

1  Thank mmgalitz
Reviewed June 10, 2016

800 years old this year, this wonderful church has been restored by local effort and is a lovely mix of the old & some of the best of modern Irish sculpture. The church was at its best when we visited because of the place was...More

1  Thank Donal M
Reviewed May 26, 2016

This lovely church for the last 800 years still is celebrating Mass. It has beautiful grounds. You can feel all the history around you!

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