Founded in 1216 by Cathal Crovderg O'Connor, Ballintubber Abbey is an important sacred Irish historical site which celeberated its 800 year anniversary in 2016.
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 the starting point of the Tóchar Phádraig pilgrimage road that stretches to Croagh Patrick. It is also a parish church where mass is celebrated daily.