Ballintubber Abbey

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Ballintubber Abbey
Ballintubber Abbey eastern elevation.JPG
Ballintubber Abbey, eastern elevation
Ballintubber Abbey is located in Ireland
Ballintubber Abbey
Location within Ireland
Monastery information
Order Augustinians
Established 1216
Disestablished 1603
Reestablished 1846
Diocese Killala
Founder(s) King Cathal Crobdearg Ua Conchobair
Status Active
Location Ballintubber, County Mayo, Ireland
Coordinates Coordinates: 53°45′26″N 9°16′57″W / 53.757267°N 9.282407°W / 53.757267; -9.282407
Public access Yes
Northern elevation.
Cloisters & other monastic ruins.

Ballintubber Abbey is an abbey two kilometres northeast of the village of Ballintubber, County Mayo in Ireland that was founded by King Cathal Crobdearg Ua Conchobair in 1216. It is said[by whom?] to be the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that is still in regular use.

Despite being suppressed and damaged during the Protestant Reformation, the roofless abbey continued to be used throughout penal times by Catholics. In 1966, the nave was restored and re-roofed in time for the 750th anniversary of the abbey's foundation and, in 1997, the Chapter House and Dorter area were restored and re-roofed. In 2016, during the 800th anniversary celebrations, [1] planning permission to restore the entire east wing was granted.

The abbey has several modern outdoor attractions, including a very modern abstract Way of the Cross, an underground permanent Crib, and a Rosary Way. There is a small museum. According to the Ballintubber website, Seán na Sagart, the infamous priest-hunter, is buried in the cemetery. A large tree marks the spot.

The abbey marks the beginning of Tochar Phádraig, the ancient pilgrimage route to Croagh Patrick, long defunct but now reopened as a cross-country pilgrimage and tourist trail.

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  1. ^ "Ballintubber Abbey official website". Retrieved 18 April 2013.