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Cong, Co. Mayo

Cong is a village straddling the borders of County Galway and County Mayo, in Ireland. Cong is situated on an island formed by a number of streams that surround it on all sides. Cong is located on the isthmus connecting Loughs Corrib and Mask, near the towns of Headford and Ballinrobe and the villages of Neale and Cross.

Cong is known for its underground streams that connect Lough Corrib with Lough Mask to the north. It was also the home of Sir William Wilde, historian and father to prominent playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer Oscar Wilde. Ashford Castle

Cong is the home of Ashford Castle, one of Ireland's finest hotels, converted from a Victorian faux lakeside castle, built by the Guinness family and is a tourist attraction in its own right. Cong also has a fine example of a ruined medieval abbey, Cong Abbey, where Rory O'Connor, the last High King of Ireland, is buried. It also is the origin of Celtic art in the form of a metal cross shrine called the Cross of Cong. The 'Cross of Cong' is now held in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. There is a High Cross in the village. Carrownagower Bridge, Cong Canal.

The Cong Canal, built over five years by Benjamin Guinness in the 1850s, was a failure. Though it was only 3 miles long it could not hold water, being dug into porous limestone. The intention was to join Loughs Corrib and Mask and create a safe transport link from Sligo to Galway, avoiding the need to pass west coast of Ireland. Now it is commonly known as the "Dry Canal"; the water level can vary between zero  inches and 12 feet depending on the time of year . and is three miles in length. Built heritage features of the canal remain.

Cong was the filming location for John Ford's 1952 Oscar-winning film, The Quiet Man, featuring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Barry Fitzgerald. Much of the movie was filmed on the grounds of Ashford Castle. The town and castle area remain little changed since 1952, and Cong's connection with the movie make it a tourist attraction. .

Roman Catholic records for Cong did not commence until 1870. Church of Ireland records from the 18th and 19th centuries have survived and are held at the South Mayo Family Research Centre in nearby Ballinrobe. Annalistic references[edit source | edit]

From the Annals of the Four Masters: M1184.12. Donnell O'Flanagan, Lord of Clann-Cahill, died at Conga-Feichin Cong. See also[edit source | edit] List of towns and villages in Ireland Gallery of Images[edit source | edit] edit source | edit] David & Charles. p. 31. ISBN 0-7153-8239-X.  ^ Cong on County Mayo Site ^
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Bus to Cong

  • Bus routes operated by Bus ireann:
    • 432:
      • Cong (Crowes Nest Pub) - Galway (Bus Station)
      • Galway (Bus Station) - Cong (Crowes Nest Pub)
    • 456:
      • Ballina (Bus Station) - Galway (Bus Station)
      • Galway (Bus Station) - Ballina (Bus Station)
    • 52:
      • Ballina (Bus Station) - Galway (Bus Station)
      • Galway (Bus Station) - Ballina (Bus Station)

Things to See and Do in Cong

Quiet Man Heritage Cottage

Circular Road, Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland
The Quiet Man Heritage Cottage is a novel concept which gives the visitor a total "Quiet Man" experience. The Centre also houses a permanent exhibition detailing the immense wealth of archaeological and historical material in the Cong area.

Hotels in Cong

Lydons Lodge Hotel Lydons Lodge Hotel

Lydon's Lodge Hotel Cong, Cong, Co. Mayo
Located in Cong, 800 metres from Ashford Castle, Lydons Lodge Hotel boasts a restaurant, bar and free WiFi. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms include a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room.

Ryan Ryan's Hotel

Main Street, Cong, Co. Mayo, Cong, Co. Mayo
Situated 700 metres from Ashford Castle in Cong, Ryan's Hotel features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Ashford Estate, Cong, Co. Mayo
Located next to Ashford Castle, The Lodge at Ashford Castle is set on 10 acres of grounds, overlooking Lough Corrib in Cong. Dating back to 1845, this contemporary country house hotel boasts free WiFi and free parking.

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in Cong

Ashfield House B&B Ashfield House B&B

The Neale, Cong, Co. Mayo
Situated 5 minutes’ drive from the scenic village of Cong, Ashfield House B&B offers free private parking on site, free Wi-Fi and a guest lounge with fireplace. An en suite bathroom is provided in each room, as well as a TV and hairdryer.

Ashford Haven B&B Ashford Haven B&B

Lackafinna, Cong, Co. Mayo
Ashford Haven B&B is located less than 1 km from Ashford Castle and 1 and a half km from the village of Cong.

Breezy Heights Breezy Heights

Houndswood, Cross, Cong, Co. Mayo
Situated 35 km from Galway city and on the edge of Connemara, Breezy Heights guest house has panoramic views of Lough Corrib and the Connemara mountains. Galway airport is 45 minutes’ drive from the property.

Dolmen House B&B Dolmen House B&B

Drumsheel, Cong, Co. Mayo
A 5-minute walk from the quaint village of Cong, between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib, this B&B boasts free Wi-Fi and free parking on site. It is set in its own grounds, with a landscaped garden and views of the Connemara Mountains.

Hazel Grove Bed & Breakfast Hazel Grove Bed & Breakfast

Drumshiel, Cong, Co. Mayo
Nestled between the fishing lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, this bed and breakfast is situated in peaceful, unspoilt countryside and boasts free Wi-Fi and free parking on site.

Hill View Farm Hill View Farm

Drumsheel, Cong, Co. Mayo
Hill View Farm offers rural accommodation in Cong, 2.6 km from Ashford Castle. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

Michaeleen Michaeleen's Manor B&B

Lisloughrey Quay, Cong, Co. Mayo
In the County Mayo village of Cong, Michaeleen's Manor B&B is located between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. A traditional Irish breakfast is offered, along with free parking and WiFi and a variety of on-site facilities.

Nymphsfield House Nymphsfield House

Gortaroe, Cong, Co.Mayo, s/n/c, Cong, Co. Mayo
Nymphsfield House offers accommodation in Cong. Free private parking is available on site. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms include a seating area for your convenience. Certain units have views of the mountain or garden.

Villa Pio B&B Villa Pio B&B

Cong, Galway, Co. Mayo
Surrounded by scenic Connemara countryside and woodland, Villa Pio B&B offers en suite bedrooms with free WiFi. It is located a 5-minute drive from the 12th-century Cong Abbey and the setting of the film The Quiet Man.

Hostels in Cong

Cong Hostel Cong Hostel

Lisloughrey Quay Road, Cong, Co. Mayo
Surrounded by the beautiful Connemara countryside, Cong Hostel is between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. Filming for the 1952 ‘The Quiet Man’ took place nearby.

Restaurants in Cong

Cullen Cullen's at the Cottage

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
Cullen's at the Cottage - in the grounds of Ashford Castle.

Wildes @ Lisloughrey Lodge Wildes @ Lisloughrey Lodge

The Quay, Cong, Co. Mayo
Wilde's at Lisloughrey Lodge has become a destination not just for local foodies but for guests from further afield, looking for an interesting and authentic experience showcasing the very finest local produce.

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Guided Tours

Guided Tours and Bus Tours: Take a bus tour around Cong, or an overnight tour visiting various sights in Cong and the surrounding regions.

Map of Cong