Loughcrew Attractions

Fore Abbey

Monastery Built upon a Bog

Fore Abbey

Fore Abbey is one of the best yet lesser-known Christian monastery ruins the world has ever had. It’s not only a great tourist spot but also a perfect place for a family day out, climbing the hills and exploring its mesmerizing beauty and its located only 13 KM from Loughcrew Cairns. Fore Abbey was built by St Fechin back in 630AD near Lough Lene at Fore Village, county Westmeath in Ireland. Fore Abbey is also a place of attraction for its seven wonders! Let us give you an overview of these wonders in accordance with the present scenario-

Fore Monesteery

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Fore Abbey settlement

Monastery Built upon a Bog

The Monastery Built upon a Bog

When the monastery was built, there were marshy places all around. Now, these places no longer exist due to installing modern drainage systems in the surrounding land areas. It’s not as boggy as it used to be thanks to the drainage systems. On your visit you will must likely find Cattle grazing on the land in summer.

The Mill without a Race

The mill doesn’t exist anymore but the mill wall is still in its place as seen in the photo here. It’s one of the many amazing things in Fore Abbey since no water flows through the Fore Valley, actually, it never did! It’s a priceless emblem of fine engineering from that time.

Fore Abbey Mill

Water that flows uphill

The Water that Flows Uphill

The water from the mill pond flows around a marshland following a zigzag direction and then continues towards the valley. It’s a legendary water flow technique that goes uphill. You may not believe it but once you see it with your eyes, you’ll understand the mechanism.

The Tree that won’t Burn

This is one of the greatest wonders of Fore Abbey. People consider it as a tree of holiness and tie its branches with colorful fabric strips or clothes after they make a wish. They also show gratuity by pushing metallic coins into the bark which might be a reason why the tree didn’t burn.

Tree that won't burn

The Anchorite in a Cell

The cell is now locked but if you keen and interested in exploring the cell, go to Fore village coffee shop and ask for the key. It used to be a room for hermits who used to enter the room to demonstrate their full devotion to the life of being a monk. once they entered they never returned outside. They remained in the cell until their death.

Anchorite in a Cell

Lintel Stone Church

The Lintel Stone Church

It’s a simple church that still holds the fine carving and designs within it but is totally ruined. It used to be prayer hall for St Fechin. The lintel stone of this church is situated above the doorway but the astonishing fact is, it used to come down and move to its place by the power of prayer!

Historically significant places in Fore Abbey

The Benedictine Priory

The main building of Fore Abbey is the Benedictine Priory that was built in the 13th century. 1180 Norman landlords dedicatedly worked to build the priory in the memory of St Fechin and St Taurin.

St Fechi’s Church

The church is situated on the hill opposite to the Benedictine Priory. It was decorated with Greek crosses, had several windows and a west doorway made of lintel stone. St Fechin used this church for prayers.


There are 18 crosses within the 10km radius of the Fore. They were called the Fore crosses and were spread out the church routes along the fields and pathways. These crosses used to work as a path direction for the funeral exodus for facing each other during the special prayers.


Doaghfeighin is made of 4 large stones that are located at the right of that ‘never burning tree tree and surrounds St Fechin’s holy well. Doaghfeighin means a vat or pot that is believed to be used by St Fechin to pray by kneeling down to it. It can also be a megalithic tomb of the early age.

Fore Abbey is undoubtedly a historical treasure for the whole world but unfortunately, it’s not achieved its deserved popularity over years. It’s a must visit place in Ireland and especially if you are visiting loughcrew tombs.

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