The Huguenots in Cork


Cork is a very old city, and was founded around the year 915, which makes it almost 1100 years old, so as you can imagine, there is so much history when you start looking around.

We have had the Vikings in the 10th century, then the Normans, the Anglo Saxons, and the Huguenots from France – even in the early and middle ages, everyone wanted to come to Cork!

The Huguenot quarter of Cork is around French Church Street off the main Patrick Street, and consists of a few narrow pedestrian streets, full of quirky shops, cafes and restaurants.  In between all this is the old Huguenot Burial Ground, on the site of what was once the Huguenot church, (French Church),  The Huguenots were French Protestants who fled from religious persecution in France in the 17th century, and many of them settled in Ireland, though only a few hundred of them settled in Cork.  The Cork contingent established their own church in the area in 1733, and later a graveyard,   As you will see from the photos, the church is long gone, and there isn’t much left of the graveyard except for the gates and a few headstones.   It is good to know that at least there is still some reminder of their time in Ireland.

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  1. The Rider
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 18:32:30

    So that is where the rest of our ancestors’ family went! My posts on Franschhoek in South Africa also tells of places the French Huguenots started, and a lot of South Africans still have French surnames like my wife’s maiden name of Fourie…

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  2. Roy McCarthy
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 19:20:54

    Remarkably similar to the one on Merrion Row, Dublin Joan.

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