St. Oliver Plunkett

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
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Trip End Dec 20, 2007


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Monday, October 29, 2007

So for the rest of the week I signed up for a "Paddywagon" tour to Northern Ireland.  Not gonna lie, the tour was mad shady and full of gap year Aussies who didn't quite get the whole Northern Ireland conflict thing.  What I was told was that everyone should just chill out like Australia and people wouldn't get in fights...yeah...



After waiting for the whole tour to get organized, we got on a big, very green bus with our tour guide, a local...and quite possibly an alcoholic...with the dirtiest mouth I've ever heard.  Well...it was interesting.

On our drive up to Derry we first stopped at a cemetery which has the largest Celtic cross in Ireland.







The cemetery was cool and completely in the middle of nowhere.  We wandered around for a few minutes while another tour bus unloaded as well.  After some quick pictures we got back on the bus.

Except the bus didn't start again.  Told ya it was a shady tour.  After 15 minutes of trying to get it started, the guide wanders off in search of a phone..or something.  No one is quite sure as he kind of just mumbled and cussed a lot.  Luckily, after a bit more time he comes back in, gives it one more try and magically it starts!

We could get to our next destination, at least, and switch buses there.  Our next destination just so happened to be Drogheda where a church contains the relics of Sir Oliver Plunkett, who as archbishop stood against the rule of england for which he was, naturally, tried for treason, and wrongfully convicted.  Then he was hung, drawn and quartered!  Luckily his head was still intact so that when he was finally canonized in 1975, his head could remain permanently on display.  I probably wasn't supposed to take pictures...but I just couldn't resist.

Our last quick photo-op before entering North Ireland was Slane Castle.  It's a castle...there's a bunch in Ireland...this wouldn't be special except it's where U2 played their first concert!  Can't get more Irish than that.  Basically, the owner throws a huuuge rock concert once a year to raise funds for the upkeep of his house.  He used to do it more but the neighbors got upset.
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audri ione sewell on

My Grandparents were Plunketts & direct descendants of St. Sir Oliver Plunkett, never been to Ireland, but someday would love to go. Have the original artical when Oliver Plunkett made a saint in the 70's from Pope John Paul...Love the pics very interesting & beautiful place

Thomas Plunkett - Hughes on

Hello I am also a descendant of St Oliver Plunkett my middle name is Oliver after my Ancester I would like to get in touch with you as we are related look forward to hearing from you

Thomas

Maureen G. on

I was told over the years that my family are descendants of St Plunket also. Never saw any proof until yesterday when I got a copy of my great grandparents marriage certificate from a church in Jersey City, NJ and saw the witness was Mary Plunket. So maybe we are related somehow. If anyone has any info pertaining to this I would be glad to get it. Thanks.

Thomas Plunkett - Hughes on

Hello there Audri and Maureen hope you are both ok it seems we are all related in some way I would very much appreciate if you could get in touch with me. As I am trying to find my father. Mary Plunkett is my grandmother and her husband is called Edward. My father was called Simon Plunkett - Hughes. Look forward to hearing from you both. Kind Regards

Thomas

Rose Murphy on

Hello I am also a descendant of Sir Oliver Plunkett. My grandmother grew up in County Cavan and her name was Susan Plunkett.

Thomas Heather (Formally Thomas Plunkett - Hughes) on

Hello Rose thankyou for replying to my post does this mean that we are potentiallt related?

Thanks

Thomas

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