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Ballintubber Abbey

One of Irelands oldest surviving Abbey founded in 1216 by King of Connaught Cathal O’Connor.  The story of the Abbey pre-dates its existence dating back to 441AD, with links going back to pre-Christian times and has close associations with St Patrick.  The Abbey has played a pivotal role across the centuries contributing in no small way to the culture and heritage not only of Mayo, but Ireland. It is located along the chariot trail, the ancient pilgrim path used by St Patrick to reach Ireland’s sacred mountain, Croagh Patrick.


  • Follow the passage of time through the walls of one of Irelands oldest surviving Abbey
  • 800+ Years of Irish History, Heritage and Architecture.
  • How the Abbey came to be in 1216 and why it was called the Royal Abbey.
  • St Patrick and his impact on society and the Abbeys links with Croagh Patrick.
  • Turbulent talks of the notorious local priest hunter Se├ín na Sagart.
  • Links with Graunaile and Ballintubber Abbey.
  • See why the Abbey is such a popular wedding venue for many, including some well know celebrities.

Located 20km from Westport, nestled between the towns of Castlebar, Claremorris and Ballinrobe on the N84 close to Castlebar, and Ireland West Airport Knock.

For much more information please visit the Ballintubber Abbey Website

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