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This attractive village on the western edge of Connemara was once the capital of the Connaught Kings. It is located next to the ruins of an abbey. The base of the cross, erected in the 12C to mark the completion of the abbey, stands in the centre of the village. The more recent cross bears an inscription calling the 13C Cong abbots to prayer. The village owes its name to its position on the narrow spit of land (conga, neck in Irish) that separates Lough Mask and Lough Corrib.

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  • Cong Abbey Interesting

    Abbey St. IRL - Cong

    This Augutinian institution,standing by the river, was built in the 12C over the site of an earlier 6C or 7C foundation. It was probably built by Turloch O'Connor, king of Connaught, the last king of Ireland, who took his vows here. After the Dissolu..

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  • This island in the centre of Lough Corrib was inhabited by monks from the 5C on. The ruins of two churches remain here, the more interesting of which is the 12C Saints Church, with its magnificent Romanesque portal decorated with head sculptures.

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  • Ashford Castle

    R 346 IRL - Cong

    A castle, now converted into a hotel, occupies this magnificent site between the river and Lough Corrib. Arthur Edward Guinness commissioned James Franklin Fuller to create the baronial style Ashford House by incorporating a French style chateau and ..

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