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Fore, Co. Westmeath

This article is about the village of Fore near Fore Abbey in County Westmeath. For other meanings, see Fore .

Fore is a village, next to the old Benedictine Abbey ruin of Fore Abbey, situated to the north of Lough Lene in County Westmeath, in Ireland.

The village, is situated within a valley between two hills: the Hill of Ben, the Hill of Houndslow, and the Ankerland rise area. There can be found the ruins of a Christian monastery, which had been populated at one time by French Benedictine monks from Évreux, Normandy.

Fore is the anglicised version of the Irish name that signifies “the town of the water-springs” and was given to the area after Saint Feichin’s spring or well, which is next to the old church a short distance from where the ruined monastery still stands. It was St. Feichin who founded the ancient Fore Abbey around 630. By 665 there were 300 monks living in the community.

Another important aspect of Fore is the Fore Crosses one of which is in the village of Fore. There are 18 crosses; some crosses are plain whilst others are sill remain carved. These are spread out over 7 miles on roadways and in fields and bore witness to religious persecution during penal times. References[edit source | edit] edit source | edit] Ballycomoyle GAA Club website Overlooking Fore Serving Lough-Lene surrounding communities From the Lough Lene Inn Collinstown Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club Website
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Fore Abbey

Fore , Co. Westmeath, Ireland
Established originally in 630AD by St. Fechin and set in the rolling hills of Westmeath, this site is now houses the remains of a 13th century Benedictine Priory, an anchorite cell and St. Fechins Church. Also discover the seven wonders of fore, including

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