Oscar Wilde
In a book written by Oscar Wilde's father, Sir William Wilde, in 1867 on Lough Corrib he sums up his homeland as a unique and special location.

"The Annals of Cong, which if all collected, would almost form a history of Ireland, might commence with the Battle of Moytura, stated by the bards to have been fought in the year of the world 3303. Cong, in Irish Cùnga and also Cùnga-Feìchìn in remembrance of its patron saint, is an island."

There is water everywhere, gliding in by the broad river, gushing from the surrounding rock and appearing and disappearing wherever its wayward nature wills. The village, approached by four bridges, occupies a small hill and consisted in 1861 of 88 houses and 469 inhabitants. About two miles east of Cong, overlooking one of the most scenic sections of Lough Corrib stands Moytura House, the one time residence of Sir William and Lady Wilde. Together, the Wilde's were two brilliant and individualistic people. Sir William was a distinguished eye and ear specialist who became Surgeon-Oculist to Queen Victoria before he reached the age of forty years. He was also a renowned archaeologist and it was during his time at Moytura House that Wilde put pen to paper and wrote "Wilde's Loch Corrib". Today the book is considered to one of the best books to be ever written on the topography of Ireland.
Lady Wilde was a supporter of the Young Ireland Movement and subsequently wrote for "The Nation", the paper produced by the organisation. It was in Dublin that their illustrious son, Oscar Wilde, was born. However the young aspiring playwright and poet spent much of his initial years at Moytura House. Long after the family upped and departed the region, Oscar ritually returned to visit his native home in the west of Ireland. It was in the midst of one such visit that Oscar Wilde wrote to a friend, "I am sure you will like this wild mountainous country, close to the Atlantic and teeming with sport of all kinds. It is every way magnificent and makes me years younger than actual history records".