Martyr & Saint

St Oliver Plunkett’s Ancestral Home

Born at Loughcrew in 1625, Oliver spent the first 22 years of his life here in his family house in Loughcrew Gardens and praying in the family Church. One can imagine the young Oliver, playing in the gardens, swinging from the boughs of the ancient yews, fishing in the garden stream, helping out in the garden Corn Mill and walking up to the five thousand year old Cairns to wonder upon the faith of those who had built them.

It’s easy to see why the spiritual nature of Loughcrew must have launched the young Oliver on his journey to priesthood and eventual martyrdom. Mass is celebrated every 1st of July at the Church in memory of Saint Oliver’s death in 1681. Come and visit Loughcrew and experience for yourself this unique place full of history, spirituality and beauty and see for yourself Saint Oliver’s Home and Church. Take a set of keys from The Limetree and explore the wonder of the five thousand year old Cairns. Sit on The Hags Chair as a young Saint Oliver would have done.

The church of St. Oliver Plunkett is available to use on your special day.

Looking to plan your special day, then look no further than Loughcrew, we have plenty to offer every bride and groom to be. Why not wed in the stunning St. Oliver Plunkett’s Family Church in grounds of the Loughcrew Gardens. Check out our dedicated weddings section for more information.


Prayer to Saint Oliver Plunkett

Glorious martyr, Saint Oliver Plunkett,
who willingly gave your life for the faith,
help us also to be strong in our faith.
May we be loyal like you to the see of Peter.
By your intercession and example
may all hatred and bitterness be banished
from the hearts of Irish men and women.
May the peace of Christ reign in our hearts,
as it did in your heart.
Even at the moment of your death.
Pray for us and for Ireland

Lightscape - Illuminated Gardensat Loughcrew Estate

Upon entering the gardens you will be transfixed by a wonderland of illuminated delights, the light trail has plenty of surprised including illuminations, projections and magical sculptures.

Warp up warm, bring your camera and make unforgettable memories. 

December 1st to January 6th. Between 4pm - 9pm.