Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint 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. Giraldus mentions Saint 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.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Fechin, Abbot in Ireland”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 January 2013. Web. 21 March 2019. <>