À la française

The remains of the former Franciscan Friary in Waterford City. It is believed to have been founded c.1241 by Sir Hugh Purcell (the belltower with its stepped battlements was added in the late 15th century) and remained in use for its original purpose for three centuries until the time of the Reformation. The site was subsequently granted by Henry VIII to a local merchant, Henry Walsh with a charter to convert part of it into an almshouse. This building has long been known as the French Church, having been used by Huguenots after they settled in Waterford towards the end of the 17th century.

It is entirely coincidental that today’s post – written a fortnight ago – should have a French theme. But the atrocities in Paris last night emphasise more than ever how we all have a duty to cherish our shared European heritage.

2 comments on “À la française

  1. Walter Holt says:

    Great photo.

    Walter Holt Ballinascreen Northern Ireland 07511 242 360 028 7962 9890


  2. Carol FitzGerald says:

    So right. Well said, we share more than we can ever know.
    Thank you for the enjoyment and information your blog has given over the years. God bless Carol

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