You’ve heard of haunted castles, how about haunted cathedrals? The Roman Catholic Cathedral in Drogheda is very large indeed, and includes, in a glass case, the head of a martyred saint—Oliver Plunkett, who was martyred at Tyburn in 1681. The shrine contains the preserved head of the saint. Another showcase displays his shoulder blade and other bones as relics. Also on exhibit is the cell door of Newgate prison in which he spent his last days. So, let’s get this part of the grisly tour over with first. Yes that’s the poor man’s head. And here is the prison door, prominently displayed in the left wing of the cathedral. I hereby register my Protestant complaint against the whole cult of the saints relics stuff.
Back to more subtle topics… the present cathedral incorporates some parts of previous buildings that go back to the 1790s, but basically this is a 19th-20th century French Gothic style cathedral. Here’s the front and doorway of it…. and as you can see, it has the characteristic huge bell tower on the left. This cathedral is quite beautiful on the inside…. if you ignore the head!
The high altar and the vaulted ceiling behind it is classic French style…. And the rose window over the entrance of the cathedral and over the organ is beautiful
I especially liked the window showing Christ walking on the water and rescuing Peter who is saying ‘I’ve got a sinking feeling…’