We obtained planning permission in 2016 for the reconstruction of the East Wing of Ballintubber Abbey which was historic itself as it was the first National Monument granted planning permission by Mayo County Council. The new building reflecting modern architectural design, for which planning has been granted. We hope that this will provide:
(A) An Interactive Learning Centre, exploring the Pilgrim Paths and Centres of Learning of the medieval ages which contributed so much to Europe’s Christian identity, heritage and foundational culture.
(B) Necessary additional facilities, for the thousands of visitors and pilgrims who come to the Abbey and its environs, such as: Lifts and stairs, Toilets, fire escape and offices and conference rooms.
We hope this further restoration will be our contribution and legacy to the extraordinary story of the ‘Abbey that refused to die’ and which will enable the Abbey to flourish and fulfil the needs of our times.
Thankfully we will shortly be starting the first phase towards this wonderful project. This is part-funded by Mayo Local Action Group (LAG) under the Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 and your generous contributions – which will enable us have a study completed. To complete this study AHC will shortly be undertaking an Archaeological Dig inside the existing ruin and a number of other points in the grounds of the Abbey. The excavations will take place over a 4-5 week period which started 20th February 2018, with a team of 6 archaeologists, under direction of Eoin Haplin