Dying Man House

Ageless

Cong Village, County Mayo Ireland. A scene from “The Quiet Man” has a man, on hearing a fist fight underway, jump from his death bed to run from this house on Riverview Street. This is the view heading east with the Cong River behind.

Dying Man House on Riverview Street is a popular photograph on my Facebook Photography page, to this day visitors leave comments with occasionally inside information about “The Quiet Man.”  Here are some examples:

Edward James Soul The dying man in the film was actually, John Ford’s (the director) brother in real life. And the actor who played the young priest was, in real life, Maureen O’ Hara’s brother. The movie is definitely a classic.

Diane Benson Morrow And 2 other brothers were in the film. The older priest and the man who met John Wayne at the railway station at the beginning of the movie were brothers.

Edward James Soul,you are in the right church but the wrong pew. The older priest was Ward Bond. The man who met John Wayne was Barry Fitzgerald. In real life he was the brother to Arthur Shields, the actor who played the Protestant Minister, ” Rev. Playfare”.  If you look at the two, you can see the family resemblance.

Diane Benson Morrow yes. I meant Arthur Shields

Edward James Soul, also remember the scene at the lnishfree race, where there were children sitting on a railing next to Maureen O’Hara? They were John Waynes children.

Kerry Keegan Mulhern  what was the name of Barry Fitzgerald’s horse?

Pauline Ryan Grew up and around the village of Cong lovely wee place its swarming with visitors most of the time but it’s nice and quiet for a few months of winter. It’s getting very commercialized but thank God there is very little room for it to grow.

Eileen Fitzgerald Uber So wonderful to maintain the precious buildings of the past.

John Feeley The guided tour of Cong includes the tourists playing a scene from the movie. I got to play the part of Barry Fitzgerald. I had one line…”Where’s me pint?” Type-casting?

Jackie Smith Just watched that movie this weekend.

Greg Thompson Will never forget our singing tour guide and the most glorious artisan shop ever there in Cong…….

Ethel Beth Gallagher That was John Ford’s brother. He’s the man who referred to Seaneen as “tall man” in the Pub and got the coat thrown over his head.

Kolokea Kakiki I didn’t realize that film was made in 1950! I watched it in the 70’s and loved it!

Diane Eiden Been there, it was great to see after watching the movie all my life. I believe Maureen O’ Hara grew up close to Cong, and spent her final years there.

Marnie Rosé This is on my bucket list of places I want to go and I only live up north .. my favorite movie 🎥 ❤️

Robin Axler Kupfer We really enjoyed our visit to Cong. Got some great poses of my husband and me on the Stone Bridge.
Enjoyed seeing where they filmed the race on the beach….charming town.

MichaelStephenWills Photography If you walk by the Abbey over the River Cong and forest path, you will recognize another shot from the film where Mary Kate and Sean walked along the river. 2

Ann McNamara Visited Cong a few MONTHS ago.Love taking photographs- so between Cong,the grounds of Ashford Castle,Ashford Lodge and Ballinahinch castle I was in 7th heaven.Lots of wonderful photos to use for my calligraphy + card making class in the Library over Halloween- if I can arrange it!!!!

Julie Dance I bet it is, my family are from co Clare, a little place called Kilkee, and I visit Killarney a lot got friends there.

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On the River Cong, County Mayo, Ireland

Scenes from the film “The Quiet Man” feature the main characters, played by John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara walking the opposite bank of Cong River.

Headed south from Cong Village, past the Abby at Saint Mary’s Church of Ireland, the road enters Ashford Castle estate.

I do not recall passing a guard box, though today there it is manned.

Here the road is named Ashford Castle where it comes to this spot with views across Cong River to the castle buildings.

Scenes from the film “The Quiet Man” feature the main characters, played by John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara walking the opposite bank of Cong River.

The River Cong emerges from the same Carboniferous limestone that forms County Clare’s Burren, buffering and further purifying the gorgeous water of Lough Mask.

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Bridge over Cong River

An enormous body of moving water emerges from underground passages

Colorful railings highlight the county border, the centerline of River Cong. To the left is the Cong Salmon Hatchery of County Galway to the right the bridge enters Abby Street of Cong Village, County Mayo. Ahead is where this river, this enormous body of moving water emerges from underground passages through limestone.

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Squire Danagher’s Home

Head toward the Ashford Castle Old School House and you will come upon it.

A location from the 1951 film “The Quiet Man”. The house appears on no maps, located on the Ashford Castle grounds. Head toward the Ashford Castle Old School House and you will come upon it. County Mayo, near the Village Cong., Cong Village, Connemara, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland.

I recall there are scenes from “The Quiet Man” featuring characters using this dutch door, seen to the left in the above photograph and below in a closer shot.

Here the glass etching on the entrance, identifying the home, is more clear.

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Sean Thornton and Mary Kate Danagher

Bronze sculpture by artist Mark Rode

Quiet Man film characters Sean Thornton and Mary Kate Danagher as played by John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara sculpted in bronze by artist Mark Rode. Installed 2013, the year before this photograph was captured, at a site adjacent to the Abby ruins, Cong Village, Connemara, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland.

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On the River Cong, County Mayo, Ireland

A parent swan and cygnet feeding on the River Cong outside the front door of Ashford Castle in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland. Click this link to read the photograph’s story in my online gallery. Click this link to read another Ireland story “The Cloigtheach of Glendalough.” Copyright 2021 Michael Stephen Wills All […]

A parent swan and cygnet feeding on the River Cong outside the front door of Ashford Castle in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland.

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