|Statue of St. Benedict, Glenstal Abbey|
|Shrine of Our Lady of Knock|
The Abbey of Ballintubber has been called the “Abbey that refused to die”. Located on a site where St. Patrick was reputed to have baptized people and a small church was established; the abbey itself was constructed in 1261 A.D. Despite King Henry ordering all abbeys and monasteries closed in 1542 A.D., Oliver Cromwell destroying most of the structure in 1653 A.D., the penal times when the Catholic Church was outlawed in Ireland and the Great Famine, the Eucharist has continuously been celebrated at the abbey since its founding in 1261 A.D. Even when there was no roof on the structure, people would still gather for Mass and the celebration of their faith.
|Abbey of Ballintubber|