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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume I: January. The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

January 20

St. Fechin, Abbot in Ireland

AN ancient hymn on this saint is published by Bollandus. He is honoured with singular devotion at Foure, anciently called Fobhar, a village in Westmeath, 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 scarcely 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 forbidden for any woman ever to enter. Several churches and some villages in Ireland take their name from this saint.  1