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A Whirlwind Adventure in Cong - Where History Meets Hollywood!


Hello there!

I hope this blog finds you in high spirits, for I have a tale that'll tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. Picture this: a wee village nestled in the picturesque countryside of County Mayo, where lush greenery dances with the wind and the echoes of Irish history whisper through the cobblestone streets. That's right, my friend, I'm talking about none other than the enchanting Cong!

Now, I don't mean to brag, but I recently found myself on a grand adventure to this charming corner of the west of Ireland. As I strolled through the village, the spirit of "The Quiet Man" was alive and well. You see, Cong played host to the famous film starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, capturing the hearts of movie buffs far and wide. I couldn't resist channeling my inner Sean Thornton and Mary Kate Danaher as I wandered past the iconic locations where the magic happened.



But wait, there's more! Cong isn't just a backdrop for Hollywood dreams. It's steeped in Irish history that'll make your head spin. Legend has it that this very place was once home to a fierce battle between the Fir Bolg and the Tuatha Dé Danann, two ancient tribes fighting it out for control of the land.

As I ventured further, the medieval ruins of Cong Abbey stood before me, whispering tales of monks and miracles. The stone walls seemed to guard secrets from centuries past, leaving me in awe of the rich heritage that permeates every nook and cranny of this village. It's as if Cong has its very own time portal, transporting you to a bygone era where knights roamed and troubadours serenaded.

And let's not forget about the enchanting landscapes that surround this quaint haven. The shimmering Lough Corrib and the majestic Ashford Castle create a backdrop so breathtaking, it'll have you reaching for your camera every five seconds. I found myself lost in the serenity of it all, feeling connected to the ancient rhythms of this land that time forgot.

So, my friend, if you ever find yourself yearning for a dose of Irish magic, make your way to Cong. Let its winding streets and whimsical tales sweep you off your feet. You'll leave with a twinkle in your eye, a jig in your step, and memories that'll warm your heart on even the coldest of days.

Wishing you a great day and if you're around Dublin, pop by to us on O'Connell street for more travel inspiration!

Let me know in the comments about your experience!!




Slán for now,


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  • Danielle Canovan
    May 25, 2023 at 15:31

    You are an exceptional writer you capture the attention of your readers with your amazing choice of words i literally want to visit now my father was born in Glasgow and my grandparents from Ireland so I love to read about my heritage I am very proud of it and your blogs/stories are always satisfying
    Thank you so much!

  • Sharon Fe
    May 22, 2023 at 03:26

    Cong was one of my favorite places in Ireland!

  • Edel
    May 21, 2023 at 22:34

    Thank you for this lovely story. I have travelled to Mayo but only to Croaghe Patrick. I wished I would have time to visit Cong. I have seen the movie a few many times. Thank you

  • Joan
    May 21, 2023 at 22:32

    I am going there in three weeks time!!


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