'Fore Abbey' : Church

Grid RefN 512 707
Longitude7° 13' 30.03" W
Latitude53° 41' 0.59" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCastlepollard (4.8 Km)
OS Sheet41
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th June 2002

This ruin is impressive from the moment you see it either from the car park or up on the hill above St. Feichin's Church.

When you walk around the site itself you are constantly noticing little features that tell the tales of the buildings progression and 'modernisation' over the years.

One of the first things to notice is how well defended the entrance is. The path does not run directly to it but runs along the front of the wall for a small way passing several narrow archery slots.

A long passageway leads from the main yard area into the complex from the east to the centre, where in the very centre are the cloisters. On one side a small segment of the arches that helped support the roof survive, revealing how splendid this building would have been.

The church on the north side is quite large with an impressive triple east window. On the other sides of the cloisters are many other buildings two or three storeys high.

On the north east and south east corners two great towers rise and show positive signs of defensive design through archery slots and battlements.

Outside the main ruins are several other buildings that are no more than foundations now.

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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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