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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. The hotel has a barbecue and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.

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.

Blakehill House Blakehill House

Blakehill, Cong, Co. Mayo
Featuring free WiFi, Blakehill House offers accommodation in Cong. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms include a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom. Ashford Castle is 1.

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.

Lakeland House Lakeland House

Quay Road, Cong, Co. Mayo
Set 1 km from Ashford Castle in Cong, Lakeland House (Formerly known as The Quiet Man Budget Accommodation) features free WiFi access and free private parking. You will find a shared kitchen at the property.

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.

Ryan Ryan's River Lodge B&B

Riverview, Cong, Co. Mayo
A family-run bed and breakfast in Cong Village in Ireland’s County Mayo, Ryan's River Lodge B&B overlooks the Cong River and waterfall. The pretty village has a number of bars and restaurant a short walk away.

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.

Self-Catering Accommodation in Cong

Cong House Cong House

Creggaree, Cong, Co. Mayo
Set 1 km from Ashford Castle and 12 km from Raunaskerra Ringfort, Cong House offers accommodation in Cong. It provides free private parking. Free WiFi is available .

Cong Village Mews Cong Village Mews

Abbey Street, Cong, Co. Mayo
Cong Village Mews is located on Abbey Street above the Hungry Monk Cafe in the centre of Cong Village. The property offers free on-street public parking.

The Cosy Loft The Cosy Loft

Cregaree, Co Mayo, Cong, Co. Mayo
Set 1.1 km from Ashford Castle in Cong, this apartment features free WiFi and a balcony. The property boasts views of the garden and is 12 km from Raunaskerra Ringfort. Free private parking is available on site.

The Neale The Neale

Ballywalter, CO MAYO, Co. Mayo
The Neale is located 1.5 km from the centre of Neale and offers free bicycles. The distance to the 18-hole golf course is 10 km. The accommodation will provide you with a living/dining room with open fireplace.

Villa Pio Luxury Apartment Villa Pio Luxury Apartment

Gortacurra Cong Mayo, Cong, Co. Mayo
This air-conditioned apartment features free WiFi and views of the garden. Situated 2.5 km from Ashford Castle and the village of Cong, guests can enjoy the surrounding area full of picturesque scenery and many historic sites.

Restaurants in Cong

The Dungeon @Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
Dramatic and Atmospheric. As its name would suggest, the unique setting located on the lower ground floor of the castle invites diners to enjoy a range of satisfying dishes from the bistro-style menu with a focus on traditional Irish cuisine beneath

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