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“Gate of Cong Abbey” ~ A gothic entryway into Cong Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland. Cong Abbey is a monastic site built in the 1120 with the support of the High King of Ireland, Turlough O’Connor. The last High King of Ireland Rory O’Connor died here in 1198, with many of his descendants being buried on the site. An estimated 3,000 monks lived here at any given time, with the Abbots themselves being accomplished in poetry, sculpture, and even harp making.