FORE PRIORY WESTMEATH-IRELAND.....
A quiet valley in the rolling hills of Westmeath north of Mullingar contains the small village of Fore. As you leave Castlepollard and turn right off the main road and up the small valley a view of the ruins of a Benedectine Priory rising from the flat valley floor is the first thing to strike you and as you enter the valley the rich archaeological and historical heritage contained within jumps out from every slope and flat field. It is an amazing place which contains the upstanding remains of numerous archaeological features and is associated with St Feichín who founded an Early Christian monastery there around 630 AD. The seven wonders of Fore are connected with St Feichín’s miraculous powers and are listed as;
• The monastery in a bog
• The mill without a race
• The water that flows up hill
• The anchorite in a stone
• The water that won’t boil
• The tree that won’t burn
• The stone raised by St Feichin’s prayers.