Connaught | Co Mayo
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This picturesque village lies on the shores off Lough Corrib, just within County Mayo. It is on the edge of Connemara. Cong, (in Gaelic Cung) means isthmus, the village lies on the strip of land between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

The majestic remains of Cong Abbey are the relics of the Augustinian abbey founded in the 12th century by Turlough O'Connor, King of Connaught and High King of Ireland. The Market Cross of Cong in the village commemorates tow former abbots of the monastery. The Cross of Cong, an ornate processional cross intended for the abbey, is now in Dublin's National Museum.

Cong is also well known as the location setting for the film 'The Quiet Man' from the 1950's starring John Wayne. Much memorabilia and special tours are available to commemorate the film. Just south of Cong is Ashford Castle, built in a Gothic revival style by Arthur Guinness (Lord Ardilaun), is now a five star hotel with Golf Course.
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