2Piers, Henry. A Chorographical Description of the County of West-Meath. Written A.D. 1682. Tara, Co. Meath, Ireland: Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, 1981. 63.
After the Ordnance Survey in 1837, John O'Donovan maintained that the Irish name is Baile Fobair, which means the town of Fore, and not the Town of Books. "It is stated in the life of St. Fechin that the place was anciently called Gleann-Fobhar,—Fobhar is supposed to have the same signification as Tobar, a well." (The Irish Ecclesiastical Record. Dublin: Browne and Nolan, 1888. 437-441. Google eBook. Web. <http://books.google.com/books?id=U6Q9AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA440&focus=viewport&dq=Life+of+St.+Fechin+of+Fore&output=text>.)