The village of Oldcastle is the 18th-century creation of the Napier family who had received parts of the Plunkett estate following the Cromwellian wars. St. Oliver Plunkett, a 17th-century Archbishop of Armagh who was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn in 1681 on false charges, was the most famous scion of this family. Often styled 'the last of Ireland's martyrs', he was canonised by the Vatican in 1975.
A welcome break from one's travels can be enjoyed in the neighburing tranquil forest park at Lough Sheelin and Lough Bracken, havens of peace and quiet affording worderful opportuities for walkng or picnics.
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