30 Sep 2014

The Huguenot Cemetery

Huguenot mediumThe Huguenot Cemetery is a small cemetery dating back to 1693 and is located right beside the Shelbourne Hotel on the beautiful St. Stephen’s Green. Those buried there are the descendants of the Huguenots, who fled religious persecution in France. The Huguenots were encouraged to come to Ireland and they quickly established a thriving community in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland. The Huguenots were renowned for their skills in textiles, watchmaking and finance and were an integral part of the commercial and civic life of Dublin. Famous Irish people of Huguenot descent include Seam Lemass (Irish revolutionary and Prime Minister), Samuel Beckett (Irish Writer), James Gandon (Irish Architect) and Wolfe Tone (founding father of Irish Republicanism and Revolutionary).