The West Coast of Ireland – Cong

Besides the beautiful abbey that I mentioned in my previous post, Cong is also known for its dry canal. The construction of the Cong Canal commenced in 1848. The canal was supposed to join Lough Corrib to Lough Mask (and Lough Carra, which is already linked to Lough Mask) to  to allow steamer traffic to come from Galway. However, due to the porous nature of the limestone the project turned out to be an engineering disaster and was finally dropped in 1854. The bed of the Canal proved to be too porous to retain water.  Nevertheless, the project provided work for local people at the time of the Great Famine in Ireland.
Cong is also where Rory O’Connor the last High King of Ireland died and was reportedly briefly buried in the abbey before being exhumed and re-interred at Clonmacnoise.
Cong was also the filming location for John Ford’s 1952 Oscar-winning film “The Quiet Man” featuring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara and its connection with the film makes it a tourist attraction.



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