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Westport House, Co. Mayo Photo by: .mayo-ireland.ie

Top ten picturesque and historic villages in Ireland – PHOTOS

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Westport House, Co. Mayo Photo by: .mayo-ireland.ie

10 Cong, County Mayo

The village of Cong (which means “Saint Feichin’s narrows” in Gaelic / Irish) is situated on an island surround by a number of streams on all sides. The village was once home to Sir William Wilde, historian and father of the playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer, Oscar Wilde.

Cong is home to Ashford Castle, one of Ireland's finest hotels, converted from a Victorian faux lakeside castle, built by the Guinness family. The village also boasts of a fine example of a ruined medieval abbey, Cong Abbey, where Rory O'Connor, the last High King of Ireland, is buried.

The town has much more historical lore to be explored but it is probableymost famous, in contemporary times, as the location where Maureen O’Dowd’s “The Quiet Man” was filmed.

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