St. Peter`s Church Drogheda | Discover Boyne Valley Meath, Ireland

St. Peter`s Church Drogheda

  • Opening Hours
  • Open daily all year:

    Winter: 8.00am – 6.00pm

    Summer: 8.00am – 7.30pm

  • Directions
  • Rail

    Drogheda is serviced by both Intercity (Dublin/ Belfast) and Suburban trains (Dublin/Drogheda/ Dundalk) with trains departing approximately every half hour from 07:30 - 23:20 daily.

    For more info see www.irishrail.ie or call +353 (0) 41 9838749.

    Bus

    Drogheda is serviced by both Intercity (Dublin/Dundalk/ Belfast) and Suburban bus services (Dublin/ Drogheda/ Dundalk),in addition to other national routes, with buses departing from 07:15 - 00:00 daily.

    For more info visit www.buseireann.ie or call +353(0) 41 9835023.

    By Car

    From the North Take the M1 south to Drogheda and exit at the N52 / Drogheda off-ramp (immediately before the M1 Boyne bridge) and follow the signs for town centre.

    From the south: take the M1 north to Drogheda and exit at the N52 / Drogheda off-ramp (immediately after the M1 Boyne bridge) and follow the signs for town centre.

    From the west: take the N52 via Navan / Slane, cross over the M1 (with the M1 Boyne bridge to the south) and follow the signs for town centre.

    Once in the town Turn on to West Street (adjacent to the Bridge of Peace)

  • Drogheda Tourist Office The Tholsel West Street Drogheda

  • Region: Drogheda ,
  • Drogheda
  • +353 (0)41 9872843
  • droghedatouristoffice@gmail.com
  • http://www.saintoliverplunkett.com

St. Peter's Church Is among the finest Gothic Revival Churches in Ireland and is famous for housing the shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett. The first church on this site was constructed in 1791, and the present one - built in the 1880's - incorporates elements of the earlier structure. The imposing façade is built of local limestone. The lavish interior includes a special chapel which houses the preserved head of St. Oliver Plunkett (1625 – 81), the last Catholic martyr to die in England.

Plunkett was born at Loughcrew, near Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Educated by the Jesuits at the newly established Irish college in Rome, he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland in 1669. He was arrested in 1679 on false charges of plotting to bring a French Army into the country, and of organising Irishmen for rebellion. A trial at Dundalk collapsed in 1680. He was transferred to England and found guilty of high treason. In July, 1681, Plunkett was hanged, disembowelled and quartered at Tyburn. His remains were recovered immediately and entrusted to the Sienna Nuns of the Dominican Convent at Drogheda.

Plunkett was beatified in 1920, and canonised in 1975 by Pope Paul VI.

When Pope John Paul II visited Killineer just outside Drogheda in 1979, he recalled his own attendance at the canonisation of St. Oliver in Rome, four years earlier. The Relic of the Head had been brought to the field at Killineer for his visit and after he knelt and prayed before the Relic, Pope John Paul preached his famous sermon of peace and reconciliation to the congregation of three hundred thousand people.

To read more visit www.saintoliverplunkett.com.

Listen to some wonderful audio about drogheda - part of the Boyne Valley Drive

Fact

Many dignitaries also come to pray at the Shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett. Pope Paul VI at the canonisation ceremony in 1975, recalled a visit he made to the shrine some years earlier as Cardinal Montini.

Other Information

Visitor Information:

Mass in honour of St. Oliver Plunkett is held in St. Peter's, the last Saturday of every month (6.15pm).

Heritage Categories
Town
Telephone
+353 (0)41 9872843
Email Address
droghedatouristoffice@gmail.com
Address

Drogheda Tourist Office The Tholsel West Street Drogheda

Directions

Rail

Drogheda is serviced by both Intercity (Dublin/ Belfast) and Suburban trains (Dublin/Drogheda/ Dundalk) with trains departing approximately every half hour from 07:30 - 23:20 daily.

For more info see www.irishrail.ie or call +353 (0) 41 9838749.

Bus

Drogheda is serviced by both Intercity (Dublin/Dundalk/ Belfast) and Suburban bus services (Dublin/ Drogheda/ Dundalk),in addition to other national routes, with buses departing from 07:15 - 00:00 daily.

For more info visit www.buseireann.ie or call +353(0) 41 9835023.

By Car

From the North Take the M1 south to Drogheda and exit at the N52 / Drogheda off-ramp (immediately before the M1 Boyne bridge) and follow the signs for town centre.

From the south: take the M1 north to Drogheda and exit at the N52 / Drogheda off-ramp (immediately after the M1 Boyne bridge) and follow the signs for town centre.

From the west: take the N52 via Navan / Slane, cross over the M1 (with the M1 Boyne bridge to the south) and follow the signs for town centre.

Once in the town Turn on to West Street (adjacent to the Bridge of Peace)

Opening Hours

Open daily all year:

Winter: 8.00am – 6.00pm

Summer: 8.00am – 7.30pm

Latitude
53.7149
Longitude
-6.35242
Region
GPS: 53.7149, -6.35242

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