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Review of Fore Abbey

Reviewed March 28, 2012

Jane O Reilly was so wonderful at the coffee shop her desserts are incredible. She also sells good info on all the seven wonders of Fore. The area is a must .The views are just breathtaking

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Reviewed October 15, 2008

A popular spot for "locals" to take a walk on a Sunday afternoon, this beautiful site is less well-known to visitors. It is a very pleasant place to explore for an hour or so, surrounded by unspoilt scenery.

A little background:

The monastery was founded ca. 630ad by St Fechin, who died of the plague some 30+ years later. The buildings were destroyed time and time again, and now all that remains on the original site are the tiny ruined Church of St Fechin and the later Anchorite's Chapel. It is the huge doorway lintel of St Fechin's church that is mentioned in the "Seven Wonders of Fore": "the stone raised by St Fechin's prayer." The story goes that the workmen building the church were struggling to raise the huge lintel. When they returned to work some time later, the stone had been raised into place through the power of St Fechin's prayers.

Much later, in around 1200ad, a Priory was founded in the valley below, and monks were brought from a Benedictine monastery in France. There are still extensive ruins to be seen today, including a cloister and a columbarium (or dove-cote).

And here are the Seven Wonders of Fore; seven "marvels" attributed to St Fechin and the power of his faith:

The Water That Flows Uphill
The Monastery In A Bog
The Mill Without A Race
The Water That Won't Boil
The Tree That Has Three Branches, Or The Tree That Won't Burn
The Anchorite In A Stone
The Stone Raised By St Fechin's Prayer

If you look around the site, you can see all Seven Wonders, however, it took us two visits to locate all of them!

Apart from these, most fascinating to see was the "rag tree" at a place where it is said St Fechin used to kneel in water to pray. If you look very carefully you can see the large stone slabs around the base of the tree. When we visited, the tree was covered in colourful scraps of material: hair bands, handkerchiefs, socks . . . Apparently the tradition is a very old one: if someone were ill or had a wish, then a piece of cloth belonging to that person would be tied to the tree, and when the cloth rotted away either the wish would come true, or the person would be cured. Interesting!

Directions:
From Castlepollard, take the R195 in the direction of Oldcastle and look for signs on your right to Fore (approx. 3miles, 5km)

Fore:
Is a tiny village! It has a coffee shop with information centre and public toilets, and also a pub. There is parking available for several cars near the church and priory ruins.

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