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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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Abbey for a Wedding recently, it was one of the most beautiful Churches/Abbey I was ever in. It is simply an amazing place. Well worth a visit and a beautiful place to meditate in peace.

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Audreykx, Manager at Ballintubber Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much. We are glad you enjoyed your visit

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

that didn’t discourage our guide from telling a fantastic history of this abbey. Only thing was the Irish long winter conditions. Very happy to view and hear this

Thank Bruce S
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Audreykx, Manager at Ballintubber Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback and glad a bit of rain didn't ruin the experience.

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place lots of history. I'm not a religious person but this place is full of history lovely place across the road for food also

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Audreykx, Manager at Ballintubber Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Thanks for lovely feed back.

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

When I was there to see the Abbey, I knew that Grace O'Malleys son was buried there. I walked and walked the entire area looking for his gravestone and never found it! So I went into the gift shop and spoke to someone, told her...More

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Audreykx, Manager at Ballintubber Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Thank you for your feedback and I would like to update you on the tomb. Unfortunately on the days around the time of your visit we had an electrician updating the sound system and he used the sarcristy to store his equipment. The mortuary Chapel...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Great tour guide who did a wonderful job pointing out all the key elements of the Abbey and it’s grounds. Such rich history.

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

It was pouring rain and this abbey was only a bit off the main road, so we decided to visit and get inside out of the rain. Other reviewers have mentioned the interesting history and its unique character, which make it worth the time to...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Ballintubber Abbey is the only site of uninterrupted Catholic worship in Ireland during the last 800 years. It dates to the same era as Notre Dame and Chartres. Nearly destroyed by Cromwell's army, the Mass continued here anyways as seen in 19th century photos of...More

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Audreykx, Manager at Ballintubber Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you so much for beautiful review.

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Lovely place to walk around. Very informative film about the history of the Abbey. Nice gift shop. There is no admission fee and large busses can park.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

That people held church services here in absolute ruins, for hundreds of years, was so moving. The renovated building is simple and gorgeous. And the exhibits they have about the renovation, and the history of the Abbey and area, are terrifically done. Our tour guide...More

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Audreykx, Manager at Ballintubber Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words.

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

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 years ago and where my grandchildren's parents were married 10 years...More

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