Plunkett (Oliver)

  • 1625–1681
  • feast-day: 1 July
  • archbishops, saints of Ireland
  • Ard Macha, County Meath, Rome
Archbishop of Armagh. He was ordained in 1669, after spending considerable time as a student and cleric in Rome (1647–1669). He fell victim to the crisis over an alleged ‘popish plot’. Having been found guilty of high treason against the Crown, he was violently executed at Tyburn on 11 July 1681. In the 20th century, he was both beautified (1920) and canonised (1975).

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McGuire, James [ed.], and James Quinn [ed.], Dictionary of Irish biography, online ed. (2009), Online: Royal Irish Academy; Cambridge University Press. URL: <>.
Murray (Raymond) [id. 007392.v1. ‘Plunkett, St Oliver’] direct link

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