Places of Interest nearby
Location address: Ireland, County Mayo
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In 1951, the film director John Ford came to the west of Ireland to film what would become a movie classic, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The grounds of Ashford Castle, as well as nearby Cong, formed the backdrop for much of the action in the film.
Did you know that Oscar Wilde spent a large part of his childhood here around Ashford Castle. His father, Sir William Wilde, had an estate bordering Ashford castle.
One of the jewels in the crown of the west of Ireland… Ashford Castle in County Mayo. Ashford Castle is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World organisation. It was previously owned by the Guinness family.
Trailer of The Quiet Man. This film was largely shot in the vicinity of the castle.
Linked themes: Film
In its time the castle of Ashford has played host to many notable guests, including: King George V and his consort Queen Mary; John Lennon; George Harrison; Oscar Wilde (whose father, Sir William Wilde, had an estate adjacent to Ashford, where the writer spent much of his childhood); President Ronald Reagan; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; US Senator Ted Kennedy; John Wayne; Brad Pitt; Pierce Brosnan; and Prince Rainier III of Monaco and his consort, Princess Grace.