01 Apr Castlepollard, County Westmeath
The village is laid out English style, around a green.
It is popular on tours of Ireland for fishing.
There is a tiny village called Fore nearby.
Fore stands among a group of ecclesiastical ruins.
There is a graveyard beside the road from Castlepollard.
This contains a 7th Century church – Saint Fechins.
In the sloping field above is an ancient tower.
This was once inhabited by a hermit.
There is also a mausoleum erected in the last century by the Greville-Nugent family.
In the middle of the valley there is a 13th Century Benedictine Abbey in the style of a Norman castle.
The ruins and their setting are well worth visiting.
These are real hidden gems.
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