Ballintubber Abbey Restoration Project & The 2016 Centenary Celebrations
Ballintubber Abbey Restoration Project
The Ballintubber Abbey Restoration Project seeks to further develop the structure of
Ballintubber Abbey to create an interpretive centre to educate, engage and inspire
visitors regarding the extraordinary historical, cultural and spiritual legacy of
Ballintubber Abbey, the ‘Abbey that refused to die’ .
The currently derelict east wing of the abbey will be restored with a contemporary architectural
design, for which planning has already been granted. This new building will comprise three
floors each with a distinct presentation:
1. Ground Floor – The history of the founding, development, growth and renewal of the
Abbey over 800 years.
2. First Floor – An introduction to Tóchar Phádraig, the ancient pilgrim path taken by St.
Patrick from Ballintubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick.
3. Second Floor – Footsteps in the Sand, a meditation on the broader evolution of
mankind’s spirituality from ancient times to the present in which the Abbey is such a
pivotal landmark, and its continuing relevance today.
In addition to the core presentation rooms outlined above, the new building will include lifts
and stairs, toilets and fire escape and offices.
The entire centre will utilise state of the art presentation media to engage and inspire visitors
of all ages, nationalities and religious backgrounds. Ballintubber Abbey represents a singular
testament to the values of community, faith and perseverance in the face of adversity, which
with the completion of this long-planned development, will continue to attract, engage and
inspire current and future generations.
Even with generous grants, Ballintubber Abbey Trust is charged with the raising of a
considerable amount of money towards the restoration costs and welcomes contributions from
interested parties. Please click this link to donate.
Parish Sports Day
Church Island Day concluding with a Community Mass….
2016 Celebrations Closing Mass with our very own Jo Thornton being award with the Papal Bene Merenti Award