ST. FECHIN, ABBOT
AN ancient hymn on this saint is published by
Bollandus. He is honored with singular devotion at Foure, anciently
called Fobhar, a village in West-Meath, where he governed a monastery
with great sanctity; and happily departed to our Lord in the year
664, being carried off in the great pestilence which swept off four
kings in Ireland; and which scarce a third part of the inhabitants
survived. See his life in Bollandus; also Giraldus Cambr. Topog.
Hibern. dist. 2, c. 52, and Colgan. Giraldus mentions St. Fechin’s
mill at Foure, which out of respect it is forbid for any woman ever
to enter. Several churches, and some villages in Ireland, take their
name from this saint.