Activities in Ballintubber in Co. Mayo

Things to do in Ballintubber

  • Stroll in the grounds of the Abbey or pray inside its hallowed walls

  • Trace the roots of our culture at the Celtic Furrow interpretive centre

  • A short boat trip to the recently restored Church Island

  • Guided walks of Tochar Phadraig, the ancient pilgrim path to Croagh Patrick

  • Boating & fishing on nearby Lough Carra

  • Visit the historic Doon Nature Peninsula on Lough Carra

Ballintubber Abbey

When St Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in c.441AD, he founded a church at Ballintubber. The present Abbey was founded in 1216 by King Cathal O'Conor. It is the only church in Ireland still in daily use that was founded by an Irish king.

Ballintubber Abbey is known as "the Abbey that refused to die". Through its many vicissitudes, including burning by Cromwell's army in 1653, the Abbey has remained a place of worship despite years of continuous attacks and religious repression.

Built in 1216 for the Canon Regulars of St Augustine, it is beside a 5th century monastic site associated with St Patrick. Ballintubber retains an air of ancient beauty and spirituality and has been restored with simple elegance. Pilgrims set out from the Abbey on the ancient pilgrim route, Tochar Phadraig, and journey some 22 miles to Croagh Patrick.

Ballintubber Abbey Retreat Experience For Young People

Tochar Phadraig

Visit the Ballintubber Abbey Website