Things to See and Do

Church Island Mass

Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 18th July at 7.00pm on Church Island.  A bus will be provided to transfer pilgrims from the Paddy & Chris Barnicles Field on the Church Island Road  for those who can’t walk to the Island.   Enquire  094-9030934

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Ballintubber Abbey Tour Guides win CIE Tours International Annual Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to our Tour Guides: Muriel Barry, Claire Murphy & Con Lydon.    In Dublin, Tuesday 29th January: Mayo tourism received a boost today with the news that  Ballintubber Abbey, Ashford Castle, The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Hotel Westport and the Castlecourt Hotel  were each presented with Merit Awards at the CIE Tours International Annual...

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Planning Your Wedding At Ballintubber Abbey

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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...

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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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