Huguenot Cemetery, Cork

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Huguenot Cemetery
Huguenot Cemetery, Cork.jpg
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusClosed
Year consecrated1733
LocationCork, Ireland
Huguenot Cemetery, Cork is located in Ireland
Huguenot Cemetery, Cork
Shown within Ireland
Geographic coordinates51°53′55″N 8°28′25″W / 51.89874°N 8.47368°W / 51.89874; -8.47368Coordinates: 51°53′55″N 8°28′25″W / 51.89874°N 8.47368°W / 51.89874; -8.47368

Huguenot Cemetery was created between 1710 and 1733 as a cemetery for the Huguenot inhabitants in the city of Cork.[1] It is believed to be one of the last two surviving Huguenot graveyards in western Europe.[2]


About 5,000 Huguenots came to Ireland during the time when they were fleeing religious persecution, following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in their native France.[3] Hundreds of these refugees settled in Cork. In the area of Lumley Street,[3] now known as French Church Street, they built a school, an almshouse and a graveyard.[4] The cemetery is home to the remains of some of the most prominent Huguenots of the city and it is understood that the remains of at least one former Lord Mayor of Cork are held within. The last recorded use of the graveyard for burial was in 1901. The cemetery is a recorded monument.[1][2]

Huguenot Graveyard

Further reading[edit]

  • "Huguenot Cemetery, Carey's Lane > Services > -". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  • "Huguenot Graveyard". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  • "Huguenot Burial Grounds - Huguenot Society of Great Britain & Ireland". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  • "Huguenot Cemetery, French Church Street, Cork City, Cork City: Buildings of Ireland: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  • "Huguenot Commemoration". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  • "17194 « Excavations". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  • Ben Wright (13 June 2013). Flamenco Fugues. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4817-5253-4.
  • Grace Lawless Lee (August 2009). The Huguenot Settlements in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing Com. pp. 80–. ISBN 978-0-8063-4929-9.


  1. ^ a b "City steps in to save Huguenot cemetery". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Cork City Council buys Huguenot graveyard to save it from development". 24 May 2006. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Huguenot Community in Cork – Celebrating Cork Past". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  4. ^ Antoin O'Callaghan (7 March 2016). The Churches of Cork City: An Illustrated History. History Press. pp. 172–. ISBN 978-0-7509-6864-5.