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“Into the mystic...........;” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fore Abbey

Trim
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23 reviews
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“Into the mystic...........;”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

Fore abbey is a fantastic attraction situated on a flat boggy area enclosed by two steap hills, giving it a mythical/mystical vista. The abbey itself is a magnificent ruin of a Benedictine medieval monastery(which had been populated at one time by French Benedictine monks from Évreux, Normandy), built on the site of a more ancient celtic christian site, founded by St. Fachtna. Fore itself is famous for it seven wonders including, the jumping church and the water that won't boil. One of the hills features a small castleated church and grave yard,up this incline is the hill's stone outcrop, which gives a very athnospheric feeling to the place. The village itself still has the ruins of its medieval gates. Not unlike Rennes La Chateau in the Languedoc or some other Cathar retreat.

Good parking and not far from, Lough Lean and Lough Bane, not as visited as it should be, beautifull landscape and colours all year round.

Only downside, is the local coffee shop, to be avoided but the rest is excellent.

Visited October 2012
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Mullingar
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“Magical place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Fore abbey is a must when visiting Midlands. Old abbey in a lovely green valley, two chapels on the hillside; it's a piece of the ancient Ireland.

Visited September 2012
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Dublin
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“Must See While in Mullingar or Midlands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012

Fore Abbey located just outside Castlepollard and ten minutes from Mullingar it is historical ruins and traditions kept in unspoiled beauty. Beautiful location for pictures and the coffee shop offers some great postcards.

Visited June 2012
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Waterford, Ireland
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“Fore Abbey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

Fore Abbey is set in a beautiful valley just a 1km outside of Castlepollard. The early monastry (of which only a small ruined church still stands) was founded in the 7th century by St. Feichin. The larger ruin is a Benedictine Abbey that was built in the 15th century. The cloisters still has an arcaded section. It really is nice just to wander around the ruins and appreciate the sheer size of the place. The site is easily accessible and there is parking and toilets nearby. There is also a small coffee shop and a picnic area.

Visited June 2012
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Castlepollard
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“HIstorical area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

The area has such natural beauty and you can really feel the history of the place

Visited February 2012
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