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Saint Faber (or St Feadhbar or St Febor) is the patron saint of the Sacred Heart Church in Boho, County Fermanagh and of Monea.

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There is a popular myth that St Faber had a pet deer which carried the sacred books that she was entrusted with. One day, as she was travelling to meet Baron O Phelan at his castle in Boho, the deer was harassed by some hunting hounds. In order to escape, the deer jumped into the Sillees River and in the process ruined St Fabers books. The saint then placed a curse on the river that it would run backwards, (previously, the Sillees river ran from Boho towards the sea) "the river writhed and recoiled," and now its route goes towards upper Lough Erne rather than the sea. The second part of her curse was that the river would be good for drowning and bad for fishing. If you look closely at the river route today you can still see some of the old routes that have dried up or formed oxbow-like depressions in the ground.[1][2][3] It is reputed that Saint Faber set up a monastery/nunnery in Boho, possibly at the site of the church in Toneel North and introduced Christianity to the area.[4][5] There are several sites associated with St Faber around Boho including St Faber's bullán (rock cut basin) and St Faber's well, both found in the townland of Killydrum, Boho.[6]


  1. Glassie, Henry (1998). Irish Folk History: Tales from the North. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 176. ISBN 0812211235, 9780812211238.,M1. 
  2. Glassie, Henry H. (1995). Passing the time in Ballymenone: culture and history of an Ulster community. Indiana University Press. p. 826. ISBN 0253209870, 9780253209870.,M1. 
  3. Glassie, Henry H. and Doug Boyd (2006). The stars of Ballymenone. Indiana University Press. pp. 574. ISBN 0253347173, 9780253347176. 
  4. "Boho church and High Cross". About Breifne. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  5. Donnelly, Colm; MacDonald, Philip; Murphy, Eileen; Beer, Nicholas (2003; pub. 2005). "Excavations at Boho High Cross, Toneel North, County Fermanagh". Ulster Journal of Archaeology 62: 121–42. 
  6. Boho Heritage Organisation (2009). Edel Bannon, Louise Mclaughlin, Cecilia Flanagan. ed. Boho Heritage: A treasure trove of history and lore. Nicholson & Bass Ltd, Mallusk, Northern Ireland. ISBN 978-0-9560607-0-9. 


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