“The Abbey that refused to die” Founded in 1216 by Cathal Crovderg...read more
“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.