Thursday Doors


There’s a flavour of France in this week’s image for Thursday doors. With lots of good restaurants to choose from, we often pay a visit to Carey’s Lane when we are in Cork city and the last time we were there I took some shots of The Huguenot Burial Ground, which dates back to the early 1700’s. Many French protestants fled their homeland to avoid religious persecution when the Edict of Nantes was revoked in 1685 by Louis XIV of France.


Although the gates were locked, I managed to take a photo of an ivy covered door and a nearby headstone. Sorry about the quality but I zoomed in using my not-so-smart phone.



It’s estimated that 5000 Huguenots came to Ireland, many of them skilled craftsmen, 300 of whom settled in Cork. They made a significant contribution to the city’s commercial and civic life and eleven members of the Huguenot community served as Mayors of Cork City between 1694 and 1840. The Huguenot’s established their church at Lumley Street, which came to be  known as French Church Street. In 1733 they acquired the adjoining almshouse to use as a burial ground. This is one of only two remaining Huguenot burial grounds in Ireland, the other is in Dublin City, on Merrion Street.

If you would like to view some more Thursday Doors – or add some of your own – scoot on over to Norm’s blog and click the little blue button at the end of his post.



About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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32 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful gates and much interesting history Jean. Sad that ghe movement of people to excape religious persecution continues to this day.

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    • It is sad that it still continues nowadays, Dan. It was ironic that the Hugeunots fled to escape religious persecution to a country that suffered from religious persecution itself (Ireland) where at times Catholics were not permitted to practice their religion. Many of the Huguenots fought with Protestant William III against Catholic James II at the Battle of the Boyne. (James lost that one). Fighting and slaughter over religion and politics – same old story repeating itself.

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  2. jan says:

    How lovely of the Irish to take in the Huguenots and assimilate them so brilliantly. I like the shots of the ivy – very stylistic.

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    • Not sure how welcome they might have been by the ordinary man in the street (most likely Catholic) as it would have been seen as an influx of people belonging to the religion of the ruling class at the time (who, at times, opposed the practice of Catholicism).

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  3. jesh stg says:

    Oh, what a beautiful gate – wonder how the Irish in that time saw the “refugees” that they gave them a specific burial ground. The Hugenots are part of my history. As you may deduct from my username (part of my mother’s family name) . Many Hugenots like you said, fled – also to Holland during the persecutions in France.
    Thank you for commenting on the Spanish style on my post this week – very common in Southern California, where I lived for 3 decades, since at one time it was Spanish.


    • The weird thing is the Huguenots ended up fighting with William of Orange against mostly Irishmen (who fought on the Catholic King James’s side) during the Williamite War. It’s such a pity that even nowadays we can’t just live and let live.


  4. joey says:

    What a relevant post. The door, the ivy, and especially the gate are interesting, but it’s really the history that I love here.

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  5. Really nice gate, climbing ivy, door, and history!

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    • It would have been nice to get inside. I should check in advance of our next trip to the city to see if there is a time when it’s open to the public.

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      • That would be neat! Do you get to the city often? I’m sitting here wondering if your trip to the city is like mine …an hour in busy freeway traffic driving to San Francisco passing many big towns that almost seamlessly merge into one another now?

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        • Pretty much the same, I think. Our road to the city is a national route, which isn’t as big as a motorway but can be busier. Our towns don’t really merge into one another and there’s lots of fields in between. It takes us about 40 minutes to get into the city from where we live. Now if we lived 40 minutes outside of Dublin (capitol of Ireland) all of the towns in every direction have merged into each other.

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  6. Kash Pals says:

    Interesting history with the beautiful gates. 🙂

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  7. There’s something so intriguing about what’s on the other side of a gate, isn’t there? 🙂


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  8. marianallen says:

    I love the ivy-covered door. It’s so Secret Garden, isn’t it?

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  9. Norm 2.0 says:

    Wonderful choice Jean. I love the gate and the ivy. A fascinating history with this one. Religious persecution however…grrr 😦

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  10. socialbridge says:

    A lovely post, Jean.

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  11. Matt says:

    Interesting post. How a door or a gate can have so much history.

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  12. Fascinating Jean – as you say an ironic choice of destination for the Huguenots, I wonder why they thought of Ireland? I suppose the problems of being refugees and finding a place willing to take you hasn’t changed any more over the centuries than all the other awful problems associated with religious conflict 😦

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  13. Ali Isaac says:

    Well, I never knew about any of that Jean. 😊 That door concealed by ivy makes an intriguing picture.

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