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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.
On Mainguard Street in Galway, this is one of my favorite pub exteriors and signs in Ireland, to be sure, to be sure! “Tiġ Ċóilí” is pronounced chee-KOH-lee, meaning something along the lines of “Coley’s House."
Neachtain’s Pub (aka Naughton’s) at High & Cross Streets in Galway, Ireland. Vibrant colors, mural, and Irish lettering. Love it all!