Carlingford has a history with Oliver Plunkett, the famed Bishop is related to The Abbey as it went through troubles when in the 1670’s it found itself the subject of a struggle for repossession between the Dominicans and the Franciscans, the issue finally being resolved by Oliver Plunkett who deemed the Abbey to return to the Dominicans. Within a century they would abandon the Abbey and relocate the order to Dundalk. Oliver Plunkett also found himself as part of a fabricated plot which accused him of plotting against the King of England and planning to bring a French force into Carlingford harbour. Who better to supply false evidence than some of the suspended priests, both secular and religious whom he had to deal with, over the previous decade.
Archbishop Oliver was brought to Dundalk for trial on 23rd July and although not allowed any defence counsel, he raised no objection to the all-Protestant jury, knowing that he himself was well known and respected there. He was also aware that his accusers were disreputable characters, who were themselves wanted men in Dundalk and so the trial soon fell through. Lord Shaftesbury and others in London, then decided to bring Archbishop Plunkett to London to face trial, knowing that there was probably not a jury in Ireland which would convict him, irrespective of its makeup. – See more at: http://www.saintoliverplunkett.com/literature.html
Local Legend also states that he made several masses while in Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula. These local stones are known locally as Plunketts Mass rocks. They can be located in Whitestown, Greenore