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Cong Market Cross Cross
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 32' 27.12"   W 009° 17' 09.84"

Nearest town

Cong

Grid Ref.

M 14758 55320

Map No.

38

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

17

Date of visit

Wednesday 24 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The Cong Market Cross is right in the middle of Main Street.


Last time we came to Cong in 2012 we didn't see this cross, we only visited the abbey nearby.

It stands at the T-junction between Main Street and Abbey Street, in a position that I consider at risk.
It's not actually a cross, it's a modern shaft inserted in a earlier and original cross base. The modern shaft was then capped with a fragment of the original cross.
A stepped round base bears a square stone base which, in turn, holds the shaft.
On the south-southeast (160°) face of the square base there's an inscription written in a Mezzo-Gothic font, typical of the 13th or 14th century, and Medieval Irish language, but it's very weathered and almost illegible, and it's been carved again on the shaft.
It reads "OR DO NIAHOL AG DO GILLIBERD O'DUBTHAIGH RABIH ABAIDDE AGT CUNGA", which means "Pray for Niahol and Gilbert O'Dubthaigh, who were abbots in Cong".
On the other side there's the date 1350, that could be the year of its restoration.
The cross itself is 132 centimetres high, 41 centimetres wide at the base and 64 centimetres wide at the arms, and it's 18 centimetres thick.
The plinth is 120 centimetres high.

This cross is one of the locations for the movie "The Quiet Man" (1952) by John Ford, where it appears 5 times, about ten minutes into the movie, around an hour into the movie and towards the end.


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