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Cong Abbey, Co, Mayo, where Irelands last Native King spent his remaining years

Cong Abbey, Co, Mayo, where Irelands last Native King spent his remaining years

In the seventh century S. Fechin founded the abbey at Cong, which is by the northern shores of the great Lough Coomb. In the twelfth century the Romanesque buildings were replaced by a First Pointed structure and it is the ruins of this which are there to-day. Cong was still new-built when Rory O'Connor, the last native king to reign in Ireland, came here to spend the last fifteen years of his life. His tomb is still pointed out in the floor of the chancel, but it is known that he was buried at Clonmacnoise. At the Dissolution in Henry VIII's reign the abbey went the way of its kind and was, till late in the nineteenth century, allowed to drop to pieces. Steps have been taken to prevent its entire collapse and church, belfry and refectory remain.

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