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Oliver-PlunkettOliver was born in Loughcrew County Meath in 1629 and was related to several aristocratic families.  After studying at the Irish College, Rome, he was ordained priest in 1654 and stayed in Rome as a professor and a representative of the Irish bishops.  In 1669 he was appointed archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.  He did much to reorganise and strengthen the Irish Church, despite being forced into hiding for much of his episcopate.  Arrested in 1679 at the time of the Popish Plot, he was hanged, drawn and quartered in London on 1 July 1681, the last Catholic martyr to suffer in England.  His body is enshrined in Downside Abbey Somerset, while his head is at St Peter Drogheda. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2803

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