Things to see or do
- Directions: On the N84 (Castlebar/Ballinrobe Road), approx. 7 miles south of Castlebar.
- The Celtic Furrow: The festivals celebrated by Megalithic man revolved around the winter and summer solstices and the two equinoxes. In Celtic times, these translated into Imbolc (Feb. 1); Bealtaine (May 1); Lughnasa (Aug. 1) and Samhain (Nov. 1). Later, these festivals were absorbed into Christian practice. The Celtic Furrow traces the importance of these natural cycles and their celebration in the lives of the people down through the ages. The guided tour is supported by 3-dimensional models and other material.
- Opening times:: Ballintubber Abbey: All Year. Celtic Furrow: June, July & August.
Ballintubber Abbey and The Celtic FurrowBallintubber Mayo - Ireland West
The King of Connacht founded County Mayo’s Ballintubber Abbey in 1216 near the site of a Patrician church and the stone where St Patrick baptised his converts. The abbey has suffered a turbulent history through suppression and fire however, as poet Cecil Day Lewis wrote, “it refused to die,” and worship continued. Today, Ballintubber is recognised as the country’s only royal abbey that has been in continuous use for nearly eight centuries. Located on limestone lands near Lough Carra, south of Castlebar, Ballintubber is now part of Tóchar Phádraig. This is a 35km pilgrimage road that stretches to Croagh Patrick. It is also a parish church where mass is celebrated daily.
ContactTelephone+353 (0)94 903 0934
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Address: Ballintubber (Near Castlebar), Co Mayo, Republic of Ireland