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In a tranquil, green valley in the village of Fore, about a 30-minute drive from Mullingar in County Westmeath, visitors can view the site where St Fechin founded a Christian monastery in the 7th century. It’s believed that before his death, 300 monks lived in the community. Later, the monastery was set fire 12 times.
Among the remains, visitors can see St Fechin’s church, built about 900. They will also find one of the 18 Fore Crosses, which are spread out over 10km on roadways and in fields.