In 1951, the film director John Ford came to the west of Ireland to film The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The grounds of the castle, as well as nearby Cong, formed the backdrop for much of the action in the film.
This sentimental film, Ford's first 'romantic love story,' received a total of seven Academy Awards nominations (including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor - Victor McLaglen, Best Screenplay - Frank Nugent, Best Art Direction, and Best Sound) and won two Oscars: Best Cinematography - Winton Hoch and Archie Stout, and Ford (at 57 years of age) won his fourth and final Best Director Oscar, establishing a record that is still unbeaten. We invite our guests to sit back and rekindle the Quiet man experience in our luxurious cinema or from the comfort of your room or suite.
Many scenes were filmed in and around the village of Cong. Today, guests can explore key attractions including:
- The Quiet Man Cottage Museum, located by the river at Circular Road. It is a unique experience that allows visitors to feel as though they are on set.
- The Dying Man's House
- Pat Cohan's Bar, complete with a replica of the interior featured in the film
- Reverend Playfair's House
- John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara commemorative statue
- St. Mary's Catholic Church
- Guided tours of 'Inisfree'