They say that time has stopped in this Irish village where they filmed much of the world famous movie, "The Quiet Man", in 1961. They say it is the most televised film in the USA, which is probably true considering the fact that the Irish population in America is very important. In the village you will find many references to the film, although it is very attractive and by now a tourist attraction in its own right. There is even a museum inspired by the film. The inhabitants of the village participated as extras during the filming, which must have been a big event in their lives, the imprint of which is still alive. For them it is a symbol and this summer they will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the film. By the way, the famous pub featured in the film was a hardware store at the time which was converted into a pub. The truth is that it is a good place to spend the night, enjoy the calm, and who knows, maybe meet Miss Cong. As we came up to it it seemed as if we moved to the U.S. somewhere!
Cong village is famous for being the main stage of The Quiet Man, but it keeps a few surprises for visitors. Cong Abbey, from the XII century, is a must that is easy to find as the village is very small. Like other abbeys its stone and arches ooze history. Members of the community met in a room here, to publicly confess their sins. Tremendous. What surprised and delighted us, however, was its exterior. The cloister, of which today are just some bows and manicured lawns, is the prelude to a park of huge, precious trees, that guards the way to a river and the monk's fishing house. Here they sought some of their livelihood, while meditating. Who would not in such a placid place? Cross an old bridge next to the ivy-covered house, with historic iron railings, to reach the forest. A forest that left me with my mouth open as it seemed so intricate and primitive. Towering trees covered with muso or ivy, bushes and roads of mud and leaves. No one in sight, it may be too disturbing, it transported me to another era and I began to imagine those first settlers of Ireland who had to live in this environment, probably hostile, where they would be afraid at night and on cloudy, rainy day.
Cong is a small, simple village that we passed on our tour of Connemara. It has a lake, and is famous as part of the movie "The Quiet Man" was filmed here. It's located near the Ashford Castle, which I think is now a hotel. It is a very small town, with just a couple of streets surrounded by the lake.
While on a tour of Ireland, we visited Cong, where a movie starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara was filmed.I took this shot, and didn't realize until I returned home how peaceful it made me feel…. It is one of my favorites.