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Baile an Tobair
Ballintober Abbey
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°44′42″N 9°17′54″W / 53.744936°N 9.298457°W / 53.744936; -9.298457Coordinates: 53°44′42″N 9°17′54″W / 53.744936°N 9.298457°W / 53.744936; -9.298457
CountyCounty Mayo
64 m (210 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM142767

Ballintubber, officially Ballintober (Irish: Baile an Tobair, meaning 'settlement of the well'),[1] is a village in County Mayo, Ireland, known for Ballintubber Abbey which was founded in 1216. The countryside of Ballintubber is set against the against the backdrop of the Partry Mountains.


The long history of Ballintubber dates back to pre-Christian times, when people came from the east, through Ballintubber, on the way to a druidic site now called Croagh Patrick. When Saint Patrick brought Christianity to the west of Ireland after 461 A.D., he founded a church at Ballintubber.[citation needed] The present Ballintubber Abbey was founded in 1216 by Cathal Crobhdearg, Chief of the Name of Clan O'Conor and King of Connacht.[citation needed] Church records for Ballintubber and Burriscarra parish commenced in 1839 and are held at the South Mayo Family Research Centre in Ballinrobe.[citation needed]


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