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the early 1700’s. Many French protestants fled their homeland to avoid religious persecution when the Edict of Nantes was revoked in 1685 by Louis XIV of France.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.
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