A Message from Saint Peter's Church, Drogheda
"This website provides a welcome opportunity to explore the life and times of Oliver Plunkett, Saint and hero. Saint Oliver's story has an international dimension which brings us from Ireland to Italy, across Europe and back to Armagh before execution in London. Even after death the journey continues! His witness to decision-making based on conscience, truth and service, provides a real challenge for this and every age. Our thanks are due to those who have made this website possible. A blessing on all who visit here.
Saint Oliver Plunkett pray for us."
Monsignor James Carroll, PP, VF
Custodian of the Shrine
St Peter's, Drogheda.
Memorial Church of St. Oliver Plunkett.
Saint Oliver Plunkett (1st November 1625 - 1st July 1681) was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. He maintained his duties in Ireland in the face of English persecution and was eventually arrested and tried for treason in London. He was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on 1 July 1681, and became the last Roman Catholic martyr to die in England. Oliver Plunkett was beatified in 1920 and canonised in 1975, the first new Irish saint for almost seven hundred years.
This website is dedicated to the life and times of St. Oliver Plunkett and follows his journey from youth to martyrdom. Connected to many places, from his life in Ireland, to his education in Rome and execution in London, Oliver's legacy can be found today in many countries across Europe.
The National Shrine to Saint Oliver Plunkett is located at Saint Peter's Church in the town of Drogheda, Ireland.