Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cong Abbey

Cong Abbey
Co. Mayo, Ireland
Cong Abbey, a 12th century Augustinian abbey, was built on the site of a 6th century church founded by St. Feichin. The last High King of Ireland, Rory O'Connor, is believed to have died here. At one time, this Abbey housed 3,000 monks who lived and studied within its walls. During the reign of Henry VIII, it was dissolved and eventually fell into ruin. The Abbey was partially restored in the 1850s by Sir Benjamin Guinness, owner of nearby Ashford Castle. Today it's surrounded by lovely grounds and a walking trail along the River Cong.
Cloister detail
Monks Fishing House
This charming structure which sits over the River Cong is the Monks Fishing House. On cold, wintery days, the monks could fish here through a hole in the floor while keeping warm by the building's small hearth.

There's more to see at Cong Abbey....but that's for next time.

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