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Huguenot Community in Cork

Today’s ceremony is particularly special for me as Lord Mayor and Cork City Council as we are engaged in a very public policy of restoring and promoting the rich historical legacy of our wonderful City. The Huguenot Community numbering approximately 300 settled in Cork in the late 17th century from France. The Edict of Nantes in 1685 withdrew their rights and liberties, causing approximately 5000 to flee France to Ireland because of religious persecution. By 1712 the community which Read more [...]

The Jews of Cork

History of the Cork Hebrew Congregation and the Jews of Cork. The first wave of Jewish emigration to Cork was in 1772 with the influx of a small community of Sephardic Jews from Portugal. Relatively little is known about this first community. Although they didn’t have a synagogue, a burial ground was discovered at Kemp Street, to the back of the present synagogue on number 10, South Terrace. The community didn’t exceed about 40 in number, and disappeared through intermarriage Read more [...]

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

 Society of Friends (Quakers)    Quakers meet together in silence believing that the Holy Spirit, however perceived, will lead us to worship.  Any person who feels moved to do so may speak at the meeting. We believe that God exists in everyone, so that anyone can experience divine love and guidance. Quakers have great diversity of belief, and while words can divide us, the shared experience of silent worship, seeking to practice Christ’s message of love Read more [...]