Fore Abbey in Co. Westmeath was founded by St. Fechin around 630. Though most of the ruins visible today are those of the rebuilt Fore Abbey which was done in the 13th and 15th centuries by the Benedictines. In its original glory the grounds had the seven “Wonders of Fore,” which included a monastery in a bog, a mill without a stream, water that flows uphill, a tree that won’t burn, water that won’t boil, the anchorite in a cell and the lintel-stone raised by St. Fechin’s prayers. Though the ruins are a lesser known site, a visit is worth the trip!
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