Today is the feast day of the 7th century St Féichín. What follows is a short account of the saints life and the history for pilgirmage to his shrine at Fore, Co Westmeath.
St Féichín was born in Billa in the townland of Collooney in Co Sligo and his cult is represented in the area by a number of places dedicated to him, such as St Féichín’s well in the townland of Kilnamonagh and St Féichín’s Bed in Collonney .
Féichín became a student of St Nathí of Ardconry and went on to found a number of churches around Ireland such as Fore Co. Westmeath, Cong in Mayo, Omey & High Island in Co Galway and Termonfeckin Co Louth . His cult also speard to Scotland and a monastery dedicated to him was founded at Arbroath (where he is known as St Vigean). The annals tell us St Féichín…
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