Things to See and Do

Planning Your Wedding At Ballintubber Abbey

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Archaeological Dig

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...

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Easter Ceremonies 2019

Annual Passion Play   Mon 15th -Wed 17th April 2019 at 9pm Holy Thursday              18th April at 8pm Good Friday                    19th April –  Stations of the Cross – 3pm                      ...

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Reconstruction at Ballintubber Abbey

Today’s task is the reconstruction of the East Wing of Ballintubber Abbey, 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, that contributed so much to Europe’s Christian identity, heritage and foundational culture....

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Ballintubber Abbey from the Sky – 2016

Take a very special tour of Ballintubber Abbey from the sky courtesy of Alan Clarke –  to mark 800 years of prayer and worship at this very historical location.   

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Baptismal Font

This Baptismal Font, which is used in the Abbey today, belongs to the old Monastery in the Graveyard and is over 1,000 years old. Therefore it was in use before the Reformation and indeed before the split in the Catholic Church dividing Rome and Constantinople. It is therefore a symbol of past Church Unity and...

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Mother and Child by Br Joseph McNally

This statue was cast by Brother Joseph McNally, a native of Ballintubber, who was a renowned sculptor and artist in Singapore. It was modelled on the statue of “Our Lady of Ballintubber” which was made by Professor Haerkner of the National College of Art, Dublin in 1973. Here Mary’s expression of courage and hope is...

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Dancora

Dancora means “the Bath of the Righteous”. Here pilgirms washed themselves, ritually expressing a cleansing from their sin (having undertaken the Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick) as they were about to return to their homes with a “change of heart”.

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Wooden Church-replica of Patrician churches (5th Century)

These “Dairteachs” or wooden churches served as places of reflection on the Word of God or on nature, in the early Irish Church. Baptism and the Eucharist were more often celebrated in the open air, around wells and in groves in the tradition of our pre-Christian ancestors.

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The Underground Crib

This Crib, which is open all year round, conveys a powerful message “Were Christ to be born in a thousand stables it would be of no avail were He not born in our hearts” – Mister Eckhart.       

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