Discover the mystical legacy of St Feichin
In a tranquil valley in the village of Fore, about a 30-minute drive from Mullingar in County Westmeath, you can visit the spot where St Feichin founded a Christian monastery in the seventh century AD.
It is believed that, before Feichin’s death, 300 monks lived in the community. Among the remains on the site is a church built around AD 900. There are also the 18 Fore crosses, which are spread out over 10 kilometres on roadways and in fields.
Seven particular features of the site – the so-called ‘Seven Wonders of Fore’ – have acquired legendary status. They include: the monastery built on a bog; the mill without a race (the saint is said to have thrust his crozier into the ground and caused water to flow); and the lintel stone raised by St Feichin’s prayers.
St Feichin’s Way, a looped walk around the site, provides an excellent base from which to explore these fabled places.
Open all Year
Average length of visit: 1.5 hours
Visitors are advised to wear weather protective clothing and shoes suitable for walking over uneven terrain.
Restricted access for visitors with disabilities
Fore Abbey is located near the village of Fore which is 4 kilometres east of Castlepollard in County Westmeath.
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- Car park
- Coach parking
- Limited Access
- Uneven walkways