The rain continues, but undaunted we headed to Kylemore Abbey, home to the oldest order of Benedictine nuns in Ireland and site of beautiful gardens. The 40,000 square foot castle has over 70 rooms and was built in the late 1880's by Mitchell Henry a wealthy doctor from London. The Duchess of Manchester bought the castle in 1909 but her husband had a "gambling habit" and lost the deed in a card game. (Does the term "cad" come to mind?) In 1920 Benedictine Nuns purchased the castle and lands to create their home and a Catholic girls school. The school attracted an international student body and provided excellent education. One of the students was Angelica Houston. The school closed in 2010 and though the nuns still live there and produce soaps, chocolates and the like for sale, it is now primarily a tourist attraction, reminding us of a luxurious lifestyle of yore.
One of the lovely things about a private group is our ability to adapt our schedule based on the preferences of our travelers. Several mentioned they'd love to see Cong, where The Quiet Man, a 1952 movie staring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, was filmed. We all agreed and we diverted to see the sites.
Fortunately for us, the village was hosting a food festival. We enjoyed some tasty samples before settling in on savory crepes for lunch.
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