Outside the U.S., Cong and the filming sites of "The Quiet Man", are the places most sought after by John Wayne's fans.

When John Wayne and the cast arrived at Shannon Airport on Ireland’s West coast on June 5, 1951, they probably could not imagine that the beloved classic would draw "Quiet Maniacs" from all over the world to those lovely locations. The Quiet Man did more for Irish tourism than anything.  Outside the U.S., Cong is the movie location most sought after by Wayne's fans.

It's one of the great hotels of the world: Ashford Castle, on Leaf Island near Cong. The cast didn't just occpupy the twenty-two double rooms and three singles. John Ford used the castle and its gardens in several scenes, even showing it behind the main titles. The crew filled the local Ryan’s Hotel on Cong’s main street and all the guesthouses in town (photo courtesy of Fáilte Ireland).

Ashford Castle Bridge was seen several times in the John Wayne/John Ford classic "The Quiet Man".

The Bishop and Reverend Playfair watch the big fight from Ashford Castle Bridge over Lough Corrib (photo courtesy of Fáilte Ireland).

Maureen O'Hara makes her entrance in "The Quiet Man": these green fields are now the third fairway of the Ashford Castle Golf Course.

What is now the third fairway of the Ashford Castle Golf Course was the field where Sean first lays eyes on his red-haired Colleen. 

 The association with the John Wayne classic "The Quiet Man" has brought the O’Máille family international acclaim. They display the sewing machine they used on the costumes..

Many of the costumes were tailored by the O’Máille family and cast members including Wayne and O’Hara visited the shop personally, creating a major sensation in Galway City. The Original House of Style was then on Dominick Street, now located at 16 High St. When The association with The Quiet Man has brought the O’Máille’s international acclaim and to this day, they proudly display the sewing machine they used back then (photo courtesy of Original House of Style).

Ballyglunin Station was used in the train scenes of the John Wayne classic "The Quiet Man".

Ballyglunin Station is the first location in the movie, and the tunnel that Barry Fitzgerald travels through is just a short distance from the Victorian train station.

The now famous railway station is on an unknown road a forty-minute drive from Cong, virtually in the middle of nowhere, just off the road between Athenry and Tuam. 

The local community raised funds to restore Ballyglunin Railway Station,  the location of the John Wayne classic, "The Quiet Man".

However, the “Castletown Station”, as Ballyglunin is named in the film, has been in a bad state of disrepair for sometime. The local community raised funds to restore it. Famous Irish actors endorsed the project (photo courtesy of Ballyglunin Railway Station).


Leam Bridge, location of the John Wayne classic "The Quiet Man", can be found on the right side off the Galway-Clifden road (from Maam Cross on the N59 to Oughterard).

The sidecar stops on the humpbacked Leam Bridge. You’ll find this lovely stone bridge on the right side off the Galway-Clifden road (from Maam Cross on the N59 to Oughterard).

 It hasn’t changed one bit since 1951, being preserved by Galway County Council and signposted for the Quiet Maniacs. 

The main location for the John Wayne classic "The Quiet Man": the "wee humble cottage, 13 mildes from Cong, in Maam, at the Failmore River.

The Quiet Man's main location is a „wee humble cottage“. Actually, the "White O'Morn" cottage is thirteen miles from Cong, in Maam. The stepping-stones in Failmore River are still in the stream.

The concrete bridge at the White O'Morn location in Maam is still in existence: a reminder of the John Wayne classic "The Quiet Man".

For years, a legal battle over the ownership postponed the restoration of the iconic building time and again. However, to the left hand of the ruin of "White O'Morn" the little concrete bridge remains on which Michaeleen tells Sean he’ll “talk a little treason”.  


Pat Cohan's Bar, beloved location of the John Wayne classic "The Quiet Man", used to be a gas station, was then turned into an actual bar.

Cong doubles for two Irish towns, Innisfree as well as Castletown. Pat Cohan’s Bar is the easiest location to find, right at the Market Cross on Main Street – even Michaeleen‘s horse knew exactly where the pub was (photo courtesy Pat Cohan Bar & Restaurant).

Ford used the upper part of Cong's Main Street fort he Castletown scenes. A craft shop named „Emily O’Connor“ is seen in the background as Sean and Mary Kate quarrel about the money. 

Just across the Catholic parish, you’ll notice the beautiful ivy-covered home of the Reverend Playfair where the couple borrows the tandem. 

Location of the John Wayne classic "The Quiet Man": the Danagher house on Ashford Castle grounds on Broad Avenue.

The Danagher house, Victor McLaglen’s home in the film, is actually just around the corner from Ashford Castle; the farmyard is on the castle grounds on Broad Avenue. The same street will take you to  what is locally known as The Meadow Field, the location for the beginning of the classic Wayne/McLaglen fight. 

"The Quiet Man" movie location: John Wayne in the fields of Carrowgarriff, with the ruins of Castlekirk in the background.

As Sean rests on a stonewall on his walk back, there’s a small island on Lough Corrib in the background with the ruins of Castlekirk on it and...

...the same field at Carrowgarriff was used twice: In the courting scene, Sean was getting rid of his bowler hat here. 

"The Quiet Man" movie location: Thoor Ballylee, once a favorite haunt of Irish poet W.B. Yeats. John Wayne runs across the creek here.

After the couple escapes from the matchmaker, they get to the tourist attraction Thoor Ballylee, once a favorite haunt of the Irish poet W.B. Yeats (photo courtesy of Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society).