Category: Village Guide
Published on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 08:36
Written by Administrator
The rural village of Ferns is situated on the N11 between Gorey and Enniscorthy. The village, which is steeped in history, dates back to the early monastic settlements in the 6th century.
To the north of the village are the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey, which was founded by Dermot MacMurrogh in 1158, St. Peters Church and St. Eden's Cathedral (Ferns Cathedral).
Within the cemetery there are four high crosses. The crosses have no inscriptions on them, tradition locally says that the head of Fr.John Murphy who was leader of the 1798 Rebellion is buried in the graveyard.
Also close by is St. Mogue's Well which is dedicated to St. Aidan. The waters of the well are thought to have curative properties. Towards the south of the village Ferns Castle is located. Tradition states that the castle is possibly built on the site of an earlier MacMurrogh stronghold.
In recent years excavation work has been carried out and has revealed a rock - cut fosse at the east and south of the castle. Also situated close by is St. Aidans Monastery of Adoration, which is built on the site of the old parish church, and the surrounding walls and piers are from the original church.