'St. Feichin's Church' : Church

TownlandFore
CountyWestmeath
Grid RefN 510 704
Longitude7° 13' 41.1" W
Latitude53° 40' 50.96" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCastlepollard (4.6 Km)
OS Sheet41
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th June 2002

Raised up above the road and visitors car park this lovely ruin is very worth taking a look at. As you approach the church up the steps you first see the doorway in the west end with its huge lintel stone, said to weigh seven tons. This lintel is one of the Seven Wonders of Fore because St. Feichin is said to have raised it up by the "power of prayer". It has a Maltese cross carved on the outside face.

Moving inside the 10th century part of the building there is a stone font just inside the door. In the centre of the room there is a modern plinth with a layout of the church and a legend describing the ages of each section. The east end was extended in the 12th century and later, in the 15th century, the east window was replaced.

On the arch between the two sections there is a carving of a sitting man (monk?).

The graveyard contains a restored uncarved cross to the east with a headless statue standing next to it.

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This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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