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St Oliver Plunkett 1625-1681

Born at Loughcrew, County Meath. Studied in Rome. Appointed Archbishop of Armagh in 1869. After the Popish Plot of 1678, Plunkett was arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle. He was brought to London and found guilty of high treason. He was hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. He was beatified in 1920, and canonised in 1975. It was said that the remains were exhumed and taken to Germany for safe keeping and eventually came to rest at the Benedictine Abbey of Downside in Somerset, England. His head and other relics are in St. Peters Church, West Street, Drogheda, Co Louth.