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Historical Cong & Inchagoill Island

Historical Cong

Monks fishing house Cong riverCong, nestling on the shores of Lough Corrib offers a wealth of history and unspoilt natural beauty that once seen is never forgotten.

Spectacularly situated on the shores of Lough Corrib, Cong is one of the most beautiful and historic villages in Ireland. It owes its special character to its location on an island in the middle of the River Cong. It owes its name to the isthmus or 'narrows' from the Irish word cunga, which separates Lough Mask and Lough Corrib, two of the finest wild trout fisheries in Europe.

Cong AbbeyThe rising of waters at Cong and the myriad of underground streams and Caverns beneath the area has captivated people for millennia. Congs strategic location has drawn hunter-gatherers, farmers, soldiers, kings, monks and adventurers for almost 7000 years.

There are many Archaeological sites & Caves to be discovered around Cong and the surrounding area that we would be happy to show you.

Inchagoill Island

Church of Saint PatrickInchagoill which in gaelic is spelt Inis an Ghaill the island of the foreigner is situated in the middle of Lough Corrib half way between Cong in Co.Mayo and Oughterard in Co Galway is the most interesting island on Lough Corrik and especially for its history.

The island is home to some early Christian and ecclesiastical remains which include ruins of two churches and a graveyard.

One of the churches are said to have been built by St Patrick and his nephew Lugna who died on the island.

The second church is about 70 meters from St Patricks Church known as Teampall na Naomh its translation “Church of the Saints” this has a beautiful Romanesque doorway in the east wall.

Byzantine Cross Inchagoill

You will also find a Greek or Byzantine Cross inside Teampall na Naomh.

There is a trail which will bring you around the island where you can meander in peace and tranquilly and take all the beauty with which this island has to offer.


Guide Service

If you would like a guided tour of either of the above this can be arranged while staying at the lodge or when make your booking of if you are not a guest we also do guided tours for the public just send us an email through or contact page and we will be happy to reply.

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