Fore is the most historic site of the Christian period in Westmeath. Saint Fechin founded a monastery here in 630, which grew into a community of 300 monks. Nothing of the original buildings remain, but the 10th century ruins and later buildings are impressive. Saint Fechin's church is the oldest structure in Fore, dating from the 10th century. It more than likely marks the original site of the monastery. The Benedictine Priory was founded by the De Lacy family in the 13th century. Its loop hole windows and square towers resemble a castle more than an abbey. The Anchorite Cell is a tower on the road to Castlepollard which dates from the 15th century. The Town Walls were built during the 15th century in order to protect the Benedictine Priory from attack.


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