Monday, August 16, 2010

CITY CENTRE GRAVES OF THE HUGUENOTS

HUGUENOT GRAVEYARD 

Many French Huguenots, fleeing religious persecution, came to Ireland in the 17th century and a few hundred settled in Cork, making a significant contribution to the life of the city. 

The more independent of these formed their own church in French Church Street (then Lumley Street)/Carey’s Lane and later acquired an adjacent plot for use as a graveyard.

This small graveyard is still in existence. It has survived attempts to build on it. Its future now looks secure. The site was acquired by the Corporation in 2006 and reinstatement work has been carried out since. 

It is now enclosed but one may view it and some information panels (illuminated in dark evenings) through the locked gate in Carey’s Lane.