St Oliver Plunkett’s Ancestral Home
Saint Oliver Plunkett’s church which dates back to the 17th century still stands within the grounds of Loughcrew estate. His family lived on the estate, in a tower house attached to the church, before the estate was taken by Oliver Cromwell in 1641 – it is said that he destroyed the church roof.
Born at Loughcrew in 1625, Oliver spent the first 22 years of his life here and prayed 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 5000 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 Plunkett’s church and home.
Getting married at Saint Oliver Plunkett’s church
Civil, Humanist and Spiritualist ceremonies are also permitted within the church’s characterful, old walls, and it is a space you and your guests will be able to explore as you enjoy exclusive use of Loughcrew Estate.
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