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Drogheda by rail?

Our family group of 15 people would like to visit St. Peter's Church in Drogheda during our trip to Ireland, because we are related to St. Oliver Plunket, and his remains are at the church. We fly into Dublin on 17 May, and had hoped to go to Drogheda on Sunday 19 May. Is it possible to travel by rail? We do not plan to rent cars. Also, we would like the Mass schedule at St. Peter's.Thank you in advance for any help.

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1. Re: Drogheda by rail?

There is a regular commuter rail service between Drogheda and Dublin

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Drogheda is served by trains from Dublin to Belfast, and also by commuter trains, departing from Connolly station in Dublin. It takes about 35 min on the Belfast line trains and about an hour on the commuter trains.

Look up www.irishrail.ie for times, they are not so frequent on a Sunday but still 8 or 10 during the day. The station is about 10 min from St Peters Church.

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Thank you! I will check the times.

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The mass times are 8am, 11am and 12:15pm on Sundays. Take the 10am train from Dublin Connolly Station to Belfast and get out at Drogheda (arrive 10:30am). You can get train tickets from the booking office in Connolly or the ticket machines. Get a return ticket and you can come back at any time during the day

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Hello Karen

Take the bus!

You have the choice of either Bus Eireann or Matthews Coach from Dublin

The train station is a tad outside the town (about a 15-20 minute walk) whereas the bus station (Bus Eireann) is less than 5 minute walk to St Peter's Church.

Bus Timetables as follows

…matthews.ie/images/…01-dundalk-timetable.pdf

www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1358427979-100X.pdf

www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1342709771-101X.pdf

However, should you consider car hire, or a minivan as would be the case for the 15 of you, you could spend the day visiting areas of association with your family and St Oliver. In fact, the cost of fares for the 15 of you to take the train or bus would go a considerable way to pay for rental or even hire a driver with small coach for the day and visits sites such as

DROGHEDA - as you mention, where the relic of his head is kept. This was gifted to a Sienna Nun, Sr Catherine Plunkett ,who set up the Sienna congregation in Drogheda and was a grand-niece of St Oliver. The Sienna order still have associations with Drogheda and moved their convent to the outskirts of the town a few years ago following a fire in their house in town. http://www.dominicannuns.ie/history.html I am sure that Monsignor Carroll from St Peter's Church would be delighted to welcome you to church. Have you considered contacting him?

OLDCASTLE - where a relic (a shin bone) is housed in the St Brigid's Church in the town

LOUGHCREW ESTATE - where he was born http://loughcrew.com/about-us/history/ You could also visit the Megalithic Loughcrew Cairns

DUNSANY CASTLE where members of the family still live. Guided tours of the castle can be organised and large groups are requested to contact the castle. www.dunsany.com If you did consider, it might be no harm to mention you're their long lost relatives!

Just some food for thought - it would be a shame to miss out on other treasures, particularly when they are all in such close proximity - but public transport wouldnt be an option to visit them all.

:-)

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The family of Oliver Plunkett came from Loughcrew, near Oldcastle Co. Meath and were cousins to other anglo-Irish Plunkett's at Dunsany and Killeen castles who came to Ireland with Hugh-de-Lacy. The homestead of Oliver Plunkett at Loughcrew ( mentioned above) was forfeited to the crown after the 1641-50 civil war because the land was abandoned by the family of Oliver Plunkett because they had all died. This was then regranted to the Napper family in payment for services rendered to the Cromwellian cause..

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eMail Irish Rail and ask for a Group Discount - there should be a link on their website about Group fares where you can make a saving on groups of 15.

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Thank you! We all thank you for all the information. We are full of excitement, and now we have some ideas that will really help.

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You are very welcome Karen.

Please do contact the Monsignor or Sacristan at St Peter's Church. I am sure that they would be delighted to welcome you. From memory, there is a bust statue of St Oliver in the garden of the church as well. Not sure if there is public access, or whether one needs "permission" to see it. Here's a link to their website, and would you believe, they have a link to a new website they have regarding St Oliver. Have you seen it?

thomasmch.wix.com/st-peters-parish-drogheda

http://www.saintoliverplunkett.com/ - must have look at it myself, I haven't seen it before!

Should you fancy a coffee or brunch after Mass, walk down the steps, turn left and follow the footpath to Laurence Street and visit my favourite eatery in town - Relish Cafe http://www.relishcafe.ie/ It opens at 10.30am on a Sunday

If you decide to stay in Drogheda for a little while after Mass, please do let me know and I would be more than happy to offer some suggestions on what to do.

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Some other worthwhile places to visit while in Drogheda is the Millmount tower and museum, just down the road from the railway station. From the top of the tower you will get a wonderful panoramic view over the entire town and learn something about the fascinating history of the area. The museum is housed in the old military barracks and run by local volunteers who have put together some interesting displays and are very helpful tour guides of the facility.

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