This weekend, members of the Lieutenancy of Ireland, lead by His Grace Archbishop Eamon Martin, KC*HS, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland travelled with pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Armagh to London on pilgrimage, to re-enact ‘The Martyr’s Walk‘ and attend an afternoon Symposium to commemorate Saint Oliver Plunkett, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was martyred in London on 1st July 1681.
The Martyr’s Walk is an annual commemoration of the Catholic martyrs who were executed during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.
The route is that travelled from prison to execution so starts near the Old Bailey (built on the site of Newgate gaol) and ends at Tyburn Convent near Marble Arch.
The event started in 1910 and is a solemn commemoration of those who died for their faith. It’s followed by Mass at the Tyburn Convent.
Archbishop Eamon expressed “what a moving experience it was for me to place the relic of my saintly predecessor, St. Oliver Plunkett, on the very spot in London where he was martyred for the faith in 1681, witnessing for forgiveness, peace and reconciliation”.
The Symposium on Saturday afternoon took place at The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Brompton Oratory and was organised by Mr Tommy Burns, Chairman of the St. Oliver Plunkett Peace and Reconciliation Centre.