This is the beautiful St. Mogue’s Cottage located in the grounds of St Edan’s Cathedral in Ferns, co.Wexford. It largely dates from the 18th century and was originally used for housing the Cathedral’s clergy. The cottage has recently been lovingly restored and re-thatched by master craftsmen and was officially opened for parish and community functions by President Mary McAleese in 2004. Ferns is believed to have been established in the 6th century, when a monastery was founded in 598 dedicated to St Mogue of Clonmore (St.Aidan) the Bishop of Ferns. The town became the capital of the Kingdom of Leinster, and also the capital of Ireland when the kings of this southern part of the province established their seat of power here. Ferns may have developed into one of Ireland’s largest cities however a fire completely destroyed the town in 1166. King Dermot McMurrough founded St. Mary’s Abbey in Ferns as a house for Augustinian canons in c.1158 and was later buried here in 1171. The town also boasts ruins of a Norman Castle, an Augustinian Abbey, St Mogue’s Well, High Crosses, a monastery and the magnificent Ferns Tapestry (which should not be missed!) (R)

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