Cong The Essential
This attractive village on the western edge of Connemara was once the capital of the Connaught Kings. It is located next to the ruins of an abbey. The base of the cross, erected in the 12C to mark the completion of the abbey, stands in the centre of the village. The more recent cross bears an inscription calling the 13C Cong abbots to prayer. The village owes its name to its position on the narrow spit of land (conga, neck in Irish) that separates Lough Mask and Lough Corrib.