Mayo to Galway

Trip Start Oct 04, 2013
Trip End Oct 15, 2013

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Ballintubber Abbey County Mayo
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Ireland  , Mayo,
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Got some recommendations from the guy at the B&B and combined it with mum's research. Headed towards Westport with a detour to Ballintubber Abbey on the way. Bit of a rainy morning but only light & seemed to be clearing.

Ballintubber Abbey is in County Mayo founded by King Cathal Crobdearg Ua Conchobair in 1216, supposedly the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that is still in regular use. Was almost destroyed in the Protestant Reformation but the roofless abbey continued to be used. It's been restored bit by bit since 1966 with plans to finish off before 2016. Apparently, Seán na Sagart, a priest-hunter, is buried under a tree in the cemetery.

Then on the road for Westport. A pretty little town on the river with an attractive main street so we went for a wander around the shops while we were there. Got petrol for the first time this trip. After looking like a moron because I couldn't open the petrol cap we continued on to Murrisk. At Murrisk we visited the National Famine Memorial & admired the views of Croagh Patrick. Couldn't tempt mum to do the pilgrimage up the mountain to the little church that seemed to glow white with the sun on it from the distance.

The GPS lead us on a winding narrow track across to meet the road down to Leenaun. Stopped at yet another pretty village. Such a spectacular part of the country. Amazing the difference to Donegal. Steep, dramatic mountains with rivers & lakes. Decided to take the diversion to Kylemore Abbey & got to see more of the beautiful Connemarra countryside. Decided we didn't really have time to visit the interior of the Abbey & grounds and left for Cong.

Had to watch the back of a bus through the winding mountain pass to Cong. Cong was described as a village where time has stood still since it was used for the filming of The Quiet Man in 1956. It is a picturesque place but their obsession with the fact that something famous happened there once is a bit much. Stayed at a local pub.
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