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Not to be confused with Ballintober, County Roscommon.
Baile an Tobair
Ballintober Abbey
Ballintober Abbey
Ballintober is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°44′42″N 9°17′54″W / 53.744936°N 9.298457°W / 53.744936; -9.298457Coordinates: 53°44′42″N 9°17′54″W / 53.744936°N 9.298457°W / 53.744936; -9.298457
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation 64 m (210 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference M142767

Ballintubber, officially Ballintober (Irish: Baile an Tobair, meaning "settlement of the well"),[1] is a village in County Mayo, Ireland, famous for Ballintubber Abbey which was founded in 1216. Set against the backdrop of the Partry Mountains, the countryside of Ballintubber is rich in history and historical sites.


The history of Ballintubber dates back to pre-Christian times, when people came from the east, through Ballintubber, on the way to a druidic site now called Croagh Patrick. When Saint Patrick brought Christianity to the west of Ireland after 461 A.D., he founded a church at Ballintubber. The present Ballintubber Abbey was founded in 1216 by King Cathal of Connacht. It is the only church in Ireland still in daily use which was founded by an Irish king.[citation needed] Church records for Balintubber and Burriscarra parish commenced in 1839 and are held at the South Mayo Family Research Centre in Ballinrobe.

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  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland

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